Matteo Nannini (Italy) has been confirmed as the first driver to join HWA RACELAB, which lines up in FIA Formula 3 in 2021. The 17-year-old arrives with one year of Formula 3 experience to his name. He recently attended the post-season tests in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for HWA RACELAB.
Matteo Nannini in action in FIA Formula 3 for HWA RACELAB Matteo Nannini: “I will give it everything to get the best results possible.” Thomas Strick: “Matteo showed great willing to learn during the tests in Bahrain.”
Affalterbach, 18th December 2020 – Matteo Nannini is related to Formula 1 GP winner Alessandro Nannini. The family already has a link to HWA: Uncle Alessandro drove for the team in the 1997 FIA GT World Championship.
Matteo demonstrated his talent at an early age, winning multiple Italian karting championships. He soon caught the eye in Formula racing too, where his achievements included victory in his first race with the new car. At the age of 15, Nannini made his debut in the Arabian Formula 4 UAE Championship in 2019, and promptly racked up a further six victories en route to winning the title. He switched to the FIA Formula 3 Championship at the start of the year. Presenting Jenzer Motorsport he finished third in Barcelona with his best result of the season.
Matteo took to the track in an HWA RACELAB car for the first time at the FIA Formula 2 post-season tests, which took place in Sakhir (Bahrain) from 8th to 10th December. He ended his debut in the top ten in the final session of the three-day test.
The 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship will hold its first races of the new season in Barcelona from 7th to 9th May.
Matteo Nannini (17, Italy)
“I am really pleased to be part of the HWA RACELAB talent programme in 2021. I am sure that we will work well together. I will give it everything to get the best results possible. I am very happy with my first year in Formula 3. I worked very hard and improved from race to race. I am now looking to build on this experience in the coming Formula 3 season. I would like to thank everyone who believes in me and supports me, particularly Infinity Sports Management, for their support. I will not disappoint them.”
Thomas Strick (team principal HWA RACELAB)
“We are pleased to have another very talented youngster on board, in Matteo. He fits perfectly into our concept of a talent factory for Formula 1. He showed great willing to learn during the tests in Bahrain. If he will keep this up in the upcoming season, we will have a lot of fun with him.”
About Matteo Nannini:
Born: 10th July 2003 in Faenza (Italy)
Career: 2016 Kart champion in the ROK Cup Italy (class: Junior ROK 125)
2016 Kart champion in the Trofeo dei Campioni (class: Junior ROK 125)
2019 Champion in the Formula 4 UAE Championship
2020 FIA Formula 3: 3rd place in Barcelona
About HWA AG
HWA AG is an independent, 360° engineering specialist in the fields of automobile racing and high-performance cars. Formed in 1998 by Hans Werner Aufrecht, the company is based in Affalterbach (Germany) and employs roughly 300 highly-qualified members of staff. HWA AG offers all its products and services under the motto ENGINEERING SPEED: The company’s objective is to develop the best possible, high-quality solutions, in order to get its partners and customers to their destination quicker. The portfolio of services ranges from designing all vehicle components to assembling complete cars, together with the relevant logistics, after-sales and support services.
About HWA RACELAB
HWA RACELAB is HWA AG’s operations team in motorsport. It brings together experienced specialists in high-quality race engineering and the associated services, in pursuit of success on the motorsport scene. HWA RACELAB entered Formula E as a new team in the 2018/19 season, adding a future-oriented string to HWA’s wealth of racetrack expertise. Since 2019, HWA RACELAB contests the FIA Formula 3 Championship and in 2020 the FIA Formula 2 Championship as well. With eleven Drivers’ titles and over 180 race wins as a works team for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM, the company is one of the most successful players in international motorsport. HWA RACELAB also draws on the company’s other core areas of expertise, such as the development, assembly and running of GT cars for customer racing, as well as the assembly of Formula 3 race engines.