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HWA signs Alessio Deledda and Matteo Nannini for F2

by Ida Wood

HWA Racelab has revealed Alessio Deledda and Matteo Nannini as the two drivers for its second season in Formula 2, with Nannini also doubling up in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

Nannini finished 18th in FIA F3 last year with one podium finish, while Deledda failed to score and came 34th in the standings.

With F2 and F2 running on different weekends for 2021, it has enabled drivers to sign up for full campaigns in both series – as reported on by Formula Scout. HWA is now in both series, after joining F2 in 2020, and has signed Nannini for both.

“I am really looking forward to such a busy season,” said Nannini, who will be entering just his third year in car racing.

“45 races in 2021 are going to be demanding, but I feel ready and determined to grow as a driver, having the opportunity to race in both FIA F2 and F3.

“It will be my first year in F2. I know it will not be easy, but I am willing to learn as much as possible. I am confident heading into my second season in F3 and I am sure that HWA will provide me with a competitive package to do well.

“I truly believe in HWA’s F1 Talent Factory programme and I am excited, as my double commitment in 2021 will be key to bring me one step closer to Formula 1.”

Deledda, who is 26, started his single-seater career in Italian Formula 4 in 2018 and spent the past two years with Campos Racing in FIA F3, where he scored no points.

“F2 is a new experience that I have been waiting for years. I am excited to be participating in such a competitive championship and testing my skills,” Deledda said.

“I am sure that, together with a team rich in experience like HWA, we will be able to grow together on this journey that awaits us.”

The Italian is currently headed to Dubai to compete in Asian F3 with Pinnacle Motorsport. He competed in the series last year and took a best finish of seventh.

HWA’s team principal Thomas Strick added: “We have found a good mix for our team, with a young and very talented driver, together with a slightly older but equally ambitious driver.

“We have taken a conscious decision to field Matteo in both series. The advantage for the young driver is that he can be introduced more quickly to the high performance of a F1 car, as the F2 car comes far closer to matching this performance.”