BWT Arden head to Sochi Autodrom, Russia, this weekend aiming for a return to the points in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The Banbury-based outfit made good progress on setup last time out with Tatiana Calderon, the Colombian unfortunate not to score her first points of the season after a superb drive through from 17th in the Feature Race.
The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Test Driver will be joined from this weekend by Artem Markelov, the Russian set to contest the final two events of the campaign.
Markelov has arguably the most complete track record in the category stretching back to the GP2 Series in 2014, and already has points on the board in 2019 after a one-off appearance at Monaco earlier in the year, netting a brace of top-six finishes.
The 3.63 mile circuit built on the former Olympic complex is among the most challenging on the calendar, but recent steps forward mean the team head to Russia hoping for a solid end to the campaign.
Free Practice and Qualifying kick off the action on Friday at 07:30 and 15:00 respectively, ahead of the Feature Race at 14:45 on Saturday.
The Sprint Race is scheduled for 09:20 (all times BST) on Sunday in the build up to the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix ®. UK viewers can watch every session live, in HD, on Sky Sports F1 ®.
Kenny Kirwan, BWT Arden Team Manager said:
“Sochi will see BWT Arden arrive with two cars and we are very much looking forward to working with Artem, a driver who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the formula.
“We are also keen to see Tatiana’s progression from Monza, an event where we believe she made some big steps forward.”
Tatiana Calderon (#18) said:
“After a few eventful weekends, I’m looking forward to getting back in the car. Sochi was positive last year, we’ve done the sim work, preparation with the team and although the result was not great in Monza, I think I had a better feeling with the car and hopefully this can help us in Sochi.
“It’s always a challenging circuit with 90-degree corners and a very tricky last part of the lap. We’re back with the super-soft and medium compounds, I’m hoping we can be closer to the pace straight away in free practice, for sure it’s going to be our aim.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car and back with the team after such difficult times and hopefully turn the season around for the last two rounds.”
Artem Markelov (#22) said:
"I believe I've prepared myself just as well as I did before we had some strong results in Monaco earlier in the year.
"This time I'll be driving for BWT Arden at my home race and I'm going to give it my best, as always."