February 23, 2021
Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine
The announcement marks the next stage of Quinn’s long-standing partnership with the Banbury-based team and comes off the back of a superb run to the Formula Renault Eurocup Rookie title last season.
Quinn’s first involvement with the Red Arrows was his second full-season campaign in British Formula 4, and the Cornwall-based racer duly delivered four victories and a further seven podiums.
A lack of budget had halted Quinn’s rise through the single seater ranks thereafter until, having only contested a handful of sportscar races in the intervening period, he was recalled by Arden to stand in for Sebastian Fernandez in Europe’s top single-seater series in 2019.
Quinn made an immediate impact, delivering a brace of podiums and plenty of eye-catching performances across the three events at Nurburgring, Hungaroring and Barcelona.
The 20-year-old delivered once again last season, with highlights including pole position at the season-opener at Monza, leading home a superb 1-2 finish for the team at Spa and podium finishes at Imola and Hockenheim as Quinn re-established himself amongst the next generation of rising stars.
Now, in 2021, he will enter the season with a full programme to compete in the 10-event, 20-race Formula Regional European Championship, the first since the series merged with the now defunct Eurocup.
Based around the same Tatuus chassis and now powered by an Alpine (formerly Renault) engine, it gives Quinn the perfect platform to build on last season’s successes and continue his superb ‘comeback’ story.
The 2021 season – which includes F1 ® support race slots in Spain and Monaco – begins at Spa on the 24-25 April.
Garry Horner, Arden Team Principal said:
“I’m very pleased to be able to announce Alex as our second driver for the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season.
“His performances since coming back into the fold, with limited time, even more limited testing and virtually no circuit knowledge in most cases, are very impressive, and a real testament to his maturity as a driver.
“Alex has always been a very important part of the Arden team, from his British Formula 4 days up until now, so we’re glad that he is taking this next step with us.
“I’m confident he’ll give a fantastic account of himself on track, as he always does, and let’s see where the partnership continues to take us in the season ahead.”
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Regional Team Manager said:
“Everybody at the team is delighted to have retained Alex’s services for the 2021 season ahead – our first in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine.
“He’s an incredibly gifted driver, and last year he really showed a versatility to his driving, adapting in remarkable time to several new circuits and consistently delivering results.
“He’s fantastic to have around the awning and works well with the rest of the team, so having him on board for 2021 is sure to help push everyone in the right direction.
“It’s going to be a tough season ahead, the grid looks as strong as ever, but we’re prepared to take on the challenge – if the last 18 months have taught people anything, it’s never to write Alex off.”
Alex Quinn said:
“It’s great to announce my plans to race in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine for the season ahead, and to be continuing with Arden Motorsport.
“It’s a perfect opportunity to build on what we learned together in 2020; winter testing was positive, it’s going to be an exciting season ahead and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’d like to put on record my thanks to Garry Horner and the whole Arden team for this opportunity – I’ll do my best to make the most of it.”