Arden Motorsport’s Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine team head into the 2021 season in optimistic mood after a series of positive winter tests.
The Banbury-based team recently completed six days of running across three official winter tests at Paul Ricard, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Imola, where the season begins in support of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on April 16-18.
All three drivers – Britain’s Alex Quinn, Finland’s William Alatalo and Italy’s Nicola Marinangeli – had ample time to get re-acquainted with the Tatuus T318, now running on Pirelli tyres following the merger with the Eurocup over the winter months.
The trio showed strong pace across all three tests, with each circuit posing its own unique challenges, and put in plenty of laps to blow away the winter cobwebs, and regularly posted times among the front-runners at each test.
The team now has a fortnight to prepare before the season-opening double header back at Imola alongside Formula 1 ®.
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Regional Team Manager said:
“I’m really pleased with the progress the team has made during the official pre-season test days.
“We had a fairly extensive programme planned, particularly given the drivers have the new Pirelli tyres to learn, and I’m very pleased with how each of them has worked through this.
“It’s going to be a very competitive grid this year, certainly the early signs point to that, but I’m very satisfied with where all three of our drivers are at going into the season and now we look forward with optimism to the first race at Imola.”
Alex Quinn said:
“Testing has been positive; all the early signs are that the championship is going to be extremely close but as usual the team have done a good job and we have worked through a lot of stuff.”
William Alatalo said:
“We have done a lot of work during the pre-season test days.
“We have learned a lot in just six days of testing, which will be important with a long season ahead of us.
“I have been really happy working with the team and preparing for the season with them. We are now ready to fight for podiums in Imola, and I am looking forward to that!”
Nicola Marinangeli said:
“We worked a lot during this pre-season test days, I’m really happy with the job done with the team and the great feeling with the car.
Now I’m looking forward to the first event in Imola in few weeks’ time!”