Paul Aron gets FIA F2 drive in Abu Dhabi with Trident, as Ritomo Miyata has full-time drive in the series in 2024.
Paul Aron –
Trident have confirmed that Paul Aron will race with the team at the final round of the 2023 season at Yas Marina. The Estonian is fresh from completing his rookie season with PREMA Racing in FIA Formula 3, where he claimed one race win and a further three podiums en route to third in the Drivers’ Championship.
Prior to his F3 campaign, Aron competed in the Italian F4 Championship in what was his maiden campaign of single seater racing. He took two wins and a pole position, finishing that year third in the Drivers’ Standings. He followed that up with a campaign of Formula Renault Eurocup before moving on to the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, where once again he took two wins and seven podium finishes on the way to third in the Championship.
A second year of FRECA followed as he claimed six race victories, seven pole positions and eight podiums as he finished third in the 2022 season, before moving on to FIA F3 in 2023. Ahead of his F2 bow, the 19-year-old says that he was looking forward to the challenge of getting to grips with a new car around Yas Marina.
“I’m very excited to be on the Formula 2 grid at the end of this year and I’m very grateful to Trident for giving me this opportunity. It will be a big step in my career, Formula 2 is the highest level of junior single seater racing.
“I think getting early experience will be key, it will not be an easy weekend as I’ve never been in a Formula 2 car, and we only have one very short Practice session before getting into the car for Qualifying. I’m very excited for the challenge and I’m sure that Trident will help me do the best job possible.”
Team Manager Giacomo Ricci said that Aron joining the team for Yas Marina would be a big step forward for Aron. “It’s with great pleasure that we announce that Paul Aron will make his debut under the Trident Motorsport banner in the FIA Formula 2 Championship next weekend in Abu Dhabi. The team will make its best effort to help him gain confidence in the new category, as this will certainly be an important step for his career.
“We can’t wait to start working with Paul, who will replace Clément Novalak. As he has long been part of the Trident Motorsport family, we wish the Frenchman the best for his future endeavours.”
Ritomo Miyata –
To realize a sustainable motorsports industry, the WEC Challenge Program aims to develop and produce drivers who can compete in the future FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Ritomo Miyata, who competed in the 2023 All-Japan Super Formula Championship (SF) and the Super GT500 class, winning both championships and becoming the youngest-ever double champion at 24, will continue participating in the program this year.
Miyata will be a reserve driver for the TGR WEC team starting in the 2024 season and will also compete in the Formula 2 and European Le Mans Series. The “WEC Challenge Program Special Training” for young entry-level drivers will continue in 2024. This program aims to have young drivers experience the world’s most prestigious races, broaden their horizons by gaining experience overseas, and produce world-class competitors.
Miayata – “First of all, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Morizo and everyone at TGR for giving me the opportunity to drive in FIA-F2 and ELMS. I have been selected as a training driver for the WEC Challenge Program starting in 2023, which has given me more opportunities to travel to Europe with the team and participate in Hypercar simulator tests with TGR-E. Everyone has been very supportive of my desire to be active worldwide.
“In that sense, I want to live up to everyone’s expectations, and it makes me feel once again that I want to continue to work with a sense of gratitude. I am also very honored to have been chosen as a reserve driver for the TGR-WEC team. I’m thrilled that such an opportunity has come my way. I would like to thank Morizo, President Sato, and everyone at TGR for giving me this opportunity, as well as everyone on the European team. I want to prepare well so that I can contribute to the team whenever and however I am asked to race.”
2023 F2 line-up:
MP Motorsport – Franco Colapinto, Dennis Hauger
Prema – Andrea Kimi Antonelli
ART Grand Prix – Zak O’Sullivan
PHM Racing – Joshua Duerksen
Team unknown – Ritomo Miyata
[Note: The story is as per press release]