HWA RACELAB have announced their first driver for the 2021 Formula 3 season. Matteo Nannini joins the German squad for a second F3 campaign after working with them in the Formula 2 post-season tests in Bahrain earlier this month.

The young Italian is related to Formula 1 GP winner Alessandro Nannini. The family already has a link to HWA with Uncle Alessandro driving for the team in the 1997 FIA GT World Championship. “I am really pleased to be part of the HWA RACELAB talent programme in 2021,” he said. “I am sure that we will work well together. I will give it everything to get the best results possible.”

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 in 2020 with Jenzer Motorsport. He claimed a maiden podium with third place in Barcelona, his best result of the season.” I am very happy with my first year in Formula 3,” Matteo commented. “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.”

Matteo took to the track in an HWA RACELAB car for the first time at the F2 post-season tests at Sakhir early December. He ended his debut in the top ten in the final session of the three-day test. “We are pleased to have another very talented youngster on board, in Matteo,” said HWA team principal Thomas Strick. “He fits perfectly into our concept of 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.”