BWT Arden are aiming to end their time in the FIA Formula 2 Championship on a high ahead of this weekend’s season finale at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi [29 November - 01 December].
The team depart the primary feeder series to Formula 1 ® in the United Arab Emirates after three seasons that yielded seven podiums, including four race victories.
Over a decade prior to that in F2’s forerunner, the GP2 Series, adds an additional 15 wins, and vice-champion honours in both the Drivers and Teams’ categories to the record as the Banbury-based outfit depart among the most successful teams to have graced this level.
Artem Markelov and Tatiana Calderon will be aiming to give the team a fitting send-off at the man-made Yas Island, home to the eponymous 3.4 mile circuit on which the season-concluding double header will be held.
Markelov was unfortunate to miss out on points last time out in Sochi, his home race, whilst Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Calderon will be aiming to end the campaign with another positive step forward and break into the top ten.
Practice and qualifying kick off the action at 07:30 & 15:00 (GMT) respectively on Friday, ahead of the Feature Race on Saturday at 14:45.
Sunday’s Sprint Race concludes the year, scheduled to get underway at 09:30. As always, fans based in the UK can watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1.
Kenny Kirwan, BWT Arden Team Manager:
“It’s our final race of the season, and as an F2 team. We’re very confident of having a strong weekend in Abu Dhabi.
“Tatiana and Artem have been working extremely hard over the extended break, along with all the engineers and mechanics and we intend to finish the last race in style!
“The Horner family have given so much to this championship over the last 20 plus years. The number of drivers and team staff in Formula 1 who have developed their careers at Arden is testament to their loyalty and commitment to the sport at this level.
Tatiana Calderon (#18) said:
“It’s been a long break since Sochi, so I’m definitely looking forward to the last race of the season. We’ve had time to think, analyse and reset, also the future is a little bit uncertain so I don’t know if it’s going to be my last race in Formula 2 so I want to make sure we can do the best possible job, hopefully finish on a high in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s a place I enjoy driving a lot, it’s going to be a night qualifying and first race, so I hope we can make the most out of this weekend, enjoy it, and hopefully bring home some good results that can help for the future.”
Artem Markelov (#22) said:
“After signing a deal for 2020 with HWA RACELAB, I’m really looking forward to this weekend in Abu Dhabi. It’ll be important for me to take as much information as I can into next year.
“It’s Arden’s last race in FIA Formula 2 as well, so I’m sure we’ll be able to put together some strong results and send them off on a high.”