Arden International

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United Kingdom Arden International[a]
Logo arden.jpg
Founded 1997
Founder(s) Christian Horner
Garry Horner
Base Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Team principal(s) Richard Dent
Kenny Kirwan
Ben Bloomfield
Current series FIA Formula 2 Championship
GP3 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
F4 British Championship
Former series GP2 Series
Formula V8 3.5
GP2 Asia Series
Formula 3000
Italian Formula 3000
A1 Grand Prix[b]
Current drivers Indonesia Sean Gelael
France Norman Nato
Finland Niko Kari
Italy Leonardo Pulcini
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
Belgium Ghislain Cordeel
Australia Zane Goddard
United Kingdom Dan Ticktum
United States Yves Baltas
United Kingdom Olli Caldwell
Australia Oscar Piastri
United Kingdom Ayrton Simmons
United Kingdom Alex Quinn
Italian Formula 3000:
International Formula 3000:
2002, 2003, 2004
Formula V8 3.5:
International Formula 3000:
2003: Björn Wirdheim
2004: Vitantonio Liuzzi
GP3 Series:
2012: Mitch Evans
2013: Daniil Kvyat

Arden International is a multiple formula racing team created and run by Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing's F1 team principal. It currently runs teams in the GP2 Series, GP3 Series and the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

It has been competing since 1997 and has raced in the Formula 3000 International Championship, the Italian Formula 3000 series, and the A1 GP series for Great Britain.

Due to the Arden's strong business connections and sponsorship, and because Horner is team principal at Red Bull Racing, the team often signs Red Bull Junior Team drivers as a way to pave forward future F1 drivers. Many drivers have been Red Bull Juniors, including Michael Ammermüller, Neel Jani, Adrian Zaugg, Filipe Albuquerque, Sébastien Buemi, Lewis Williamson, António Félix da Costa, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Jr., Luis Leeds, Niko Kari and Dan Ticktum.


Formula 3000[edit]

The team was initially created as a vehicle to enable Horner to race in F3000 in 1997. According to Horner he set the team up with borrowed money, including a loan from his father, and persuaded P1 Motorsport founder Roly Vincini (who Horner had driven for in his first season of F3) to take on the role of his race engineer. He bought a second-hand trailer for the team from Helmut Marko, who as head of the Red Bull Junior Team was one of Horner's main rivals as a manager in F3000, and who he later worked closely with at Red Bull. He stayed in F3000 for 1998 and was joined at Arden by Kurt Mollekens, who showed good pace and led the championship at one stage.[1] In the winter of 1998 family friend David Richards had been approached by Russian oil company Lukoil to enable them to enter motorsports sponsorship. As entries to F3000 were restricted, Richards agreed a deal with Horner that Prodrive would take a 50% stake in Arden, in return for Horner becoming team manager. As a result, the team signed Viktor Maslov as a driver under the Lukoil deal from 1999. The team started off poorly, and didn't have the pace to qualify for many races.

At the end of 1999, Richards sold a stake in Prodrive to Apax Partners, who didn't want to continue in F3000. Horner hence exercised the option to buy back the Prodrive stake. As the years went on, the team began to reap the results and was the best team of Formula 3000 in its last 3 years, showing new talents to motorsport world like Darren Manning, Tomáš Enge, Björn Wirdheim and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Björn Wirdheim in 2003 racing at Hungary

The team won the Teams' Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2004. During those years, Wirdheim won the drivers championship in 2003, and Luizzi won it in 2004.

During the teams 8 years in the series, it has scored 359 points, won 16 races and achieved 20 pole positions.

Italian Formula 3000[edit]

The team joined the Italian Formula 3000 series for 1999 and 2000. Their first season was poor with only one point to their name, but the 2000 season went significantly better, with Warren Hughes taking two wins, one pole position and three fastest laps for the team, and Darren Manning taking one win, one pole and one fastest lap too. The team finished with Hughes second in the championship, and the team winning it outright 51 points.

A1 GP[edit]

Arden operated A1 Team Great Britain in the first season of the A1GP series for 2005-2006. The team fared well in their first season, collecting 8 podium finishes and a single pole position, leaving the team 3rd in the championship with 97 points overall.


In 2005, the F3000 series was rebranded as the GP2 Series, Arden stayed on for the new series and achieved second place in the teams' championship with Heikki Kovalainen and Nicolas Lapierre, and second place in the Drivers' Championship with Kovalainen, who had 5 wins, 4 pole positions and a fastest lap to his name.

In 2006, Arden competed in GP2 with Lapierre and the rookie Michael Ammermüller (Neel Jani acted as a substitute for Lapierre when the latter was injured in the race at Monaco). This year, Arden suffered a significant drop in performance, and had only 57 points to show and a single win from Ammermüller, compared to the previous season's 126. Overall the team came fourth in the championship.

For 2007, Arden signed Bruno Senna, nephew of triple F1 champion Ayrton Senna, and A1 Team South Africa driver Adrian Zaugg. Zaugg was replaced for the final round of the season by Filipe Albuquerque. This season was even worse for the team compared to the previous year, only managing 42 points which resulted in a seventh-placed finish in the teams' championship, with Senna finishing ninth overall in the drivers' championship.

For 2008 and the newly founded Asia Series, the team was renamed Trust Team Arden, after its Dutch title sponsor Trust. The duo of Red Bull Junior Team driver Sébastien Buemi and Yelmer Buurman was its race line-up for both championships. For the Asia Series, Adam Khan raced for the first two rounds before being replaced by Buurman. The overall result in the Asia Series was the team finishing second in the championship, with 50 points and one win, and Buemi finishing second in the drivers' championship. Mid-season in the main series, Buurman was replaced by ART Grand Prix outcast Luca Filippi. The season went slightly better than the previous one with the team picking up 50 points, enough to take sixth place, and Buemi picked up two race victories to finish sixth overall in the drivers' championship.

Mortara leading at the race in Turkey

Arden again took part in the Asia Series for the 2008–09 season, signing Luiz Razia and Mika Mäki. For the second round of the championship, held at the Dubai Autodrome, Mäki was replaced by Renger van der Zande, who was subsequently replaced for the rest of the season by Edoardo Mortara. Razia scored the team's only win of the campaign, which allowed Arden to finish sixth in the teams' championship. For the 2009 main series season, the team signed F3 frontrunners Sergio Pérez and Mortara. This was also another poor season for the team, as it finished well down the order in eighth place overall with only Mortara managing a single win.

For the 2009-10 Asia Series season, Arden signed Charles Pic and Rodolfo González. After the first round, González was replaced by Javier Villa for the rest of the season. This was the team's most successful outing in the Asia Series, with an end result of 37 points and second in the teams' championship. Villa finished fourth overall in the drivers' championship with 19 points, and Pic finished fifth with a single race victory. For the 2010 main series, the team kept Pic and resigned González. However, the success from the Asia Series did not quite continue into the main series as the team eventually finished seventh with one win, courtesy of Pic. Arden finished with fewer points than in 2009, but still managed to beat the previous teams' championship result of eighth position.

Jolyon Palmer driving at Monza in 2011.

For the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and 2011 GP2 Main Series seasons, the team signed Josef Král and Jolyon Palmer.[2] The year was the team's worst so far in its GP2 history, as neither driver managed a win, pole or fastest lap in either series, and the team ended up finishing tenth in the Asia series and eleventh in the main series.

As the GP2 Asia Series had joined together with the GP2 main series in 2012, there were no longer two separate series. The team signed former 2008–09 Asia season driver Luiz Razia and former MW Arden GP3 sister team driver Simon Trummer for the 2012 season. Razia won the feature race of the first round in Malaysia, picked up two 2nd-place finishes during the two Bahrain rounds, and won again at Catalunya, Valencia and Silverstone. He finished the season as runner-up to champion Davide Valsecchi, whilst Trummer had a best race finish of seventh place to take 23rd in the drivers' championship. Arden finished third in the team's championship; its best result since 2005.

From there Arden struggled in subsequent GP2 Series, their highest constructor's finish being an eighth in 2013, and went without a win until the series was rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship when Norman Nato scored their first win in five years at the sprint race in Baku.


From 2010 onwards, they have operated a GP3 Series team with Mark Webber, the team is called MW Arden. This builds on the fact that Webber raced for Red Bull Racing, which is run by Arden team owner and team principal of Red Bull Christian Horner.

The team signed Michael Christensen, Miki Monrás and Leonardo Cordeiro for their debut season. Their first venture into the new series proved difficult as they only accumulate 18 points for the whole season with 2 fastest laps, leaving them 9th in the championship.

For 2011, the team completely refreshed their line up by signing Mitch Evans, Simon Trummer and Lewis Williamson. The season overshadowed the previous as the team came second overall in the constructors championship with 69 points, and both Williamson and Evans scoring 1 win each and coming 8th and 9th in the drivers championship respectively. This would also be the season where the team picked up its first pole positions with 2 from Evans and 1 from Williamson.

For 2012, they retained Evans, and partnered him with David Fumanelli and Matias Laine. Evans former team mates Simon Trummer and Lewis Williamson had moved to the GP2 sister team, and the new Formula Renault team Arden Caterham respectively. At the first round in Spain, Evans won the feature race. At the third round in Valencia, Evans managed to collect pole position and went on to win another feature race.

Evans went on to win the championship in the 2012 season.

The team scored their second driver's championship with Daniil Kvyat the following season, with Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Robert Vișoiu finishing tenth and eleventh respectively. In the following two seasons, Arden scored fifth and third in the team's championship respectively, with the highest driver standing coming from a fourth place for Emil Bernstorff in 2015.

Jake Dennis, 2015 Eurocup champion Jack Aitken and Colombian Tatiana Calderón competed with the team for the 2016 season. Calderón being the first women to compete for the team in its 19-year history. With three victories from Dennis and Aitken, the team finished as runners-up to ART Grand Prix in the constructor's standings.

In January 2017, Niko Kari was signed to the team for the 2017 season, making him the first Red Bull Junior to compete with the team since Kvyat and Sainz.[3] A month later, Steijn Schothorst and Euroformula Open champion Leonardo Pulcini joined Arden.[4]

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

For 2012, Arden International entered an agreement with Caterham to join the Formula Renault 3.5 series as a joint team known as Arden Caterham. For their first season, they signed former GP3 driver for MW Arden Lewis Williamson, and one of Caterham F1's test drivers, Alexander Rossi.

Rossi scored his first podium finish with a third-place finish at the one race round at Monaco. After 3 rounds, Williamson was dropped by the team and the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme for failing to score a single point and was replaced by António Félix da Costa who had also replaced him at the Junior Programme too. On his debut, Da Costa scored two points with a ninth-place finish during the first race at the Nürburgring


FIA Formula 2 Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps Points D.C. T.C.
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome France Norman Nato 14 1 0 0 79 7th* 6th*[1]
Indonesia Sean Gelael 14 0 0 0 3 17th*

[1] Competing as Pertamina Arden.

* Season still in progress.

GP3 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Dallara-Renault Denmark Michael Christensen 16 0 0 0 0 31st 9th
Spain Miki Monrás 16 0 0 1 17 10th
Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro 16 0 0 1 1 27th
2011 Dallara-Renault New Zealand Mitch Evans 16 1 2 0 29 9th 2nd
Switzerland Simon Trummer 16 0 0 0 9 18th
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson 16 1 1 0 31 8th
2012 Dallara-Renault New Zealand Mitch Evans 16 3 4 2 151.5 1st 2nd
Italy David Fumanelli 14 0 0 0 47 11th
Finland Matias Laine 16 1 0 1 111 5th
2013 Dallara-Renault Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 16 0 1 2 66 10th 2nd
Romania Robert Vișoiu 16 2 0 0 44 12th
Russia Daniil Kvyat 16 3 2 4 168 1st
2014 Dallara-Renault Romania Robert Vișoiu 18 0 0 0 23 13th 5th
Switzerland Patric Niederhauser 18 2 0 2 62 10th
United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough 18 1 0 2 77 9th
2015 Dallara-Renault Italy Kevin Ceccon 22 2 0 1 77 7th 3rd
United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff 22 2 0 1 194 4th
Poland Aleksander Bosak 22 0 0 0 4 20th
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Jake Dennis 18 2 0 4 149 4th 2nd
Colombia Tatiana Calderon 18 0 0 0 2 21st
United Kingdom Jack Aitken 18 1 0 2 148 5th
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome Finland Niko Kari 2 0 0 0 0 17th 3rd
Italy Leonardo Pulcini 2 0 0 0 18 7th
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst 2 0 0 0 0 19th

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C. T.C.
2017 TatuusRenault Belgium Ghislain Cordeel 11 0 0 0 0 0 24th 6th
Australia Zane Goddard 11 0 0 0 0 2 19th
United Kingdom Dan Ticktum 11 1 1 1 2 70 6th

F4 British Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points D.C.
2015 Mygale-Ford United Kingdom Ricky Collard 30 6 0 2 13 371 2nd
United Kingdom Sandy Mitchell 30 2 2 2 5 193 7th
United Kingdom Enaam Ahmed 30 1 0 0 4 176 8th
2016 Mygale-Ford United Kingdom Ayrton Simmons 24 0 0 0 1 82 11th
Brazil Rafael Martins 30 1 0 0 2 205 9th
Australia Luis Leeds 30 3 1 3 11 300 3rd
United Kingdom Jack Martin 30 0 0 0 0 25 14th
2017 Mygale-Ford United Kingdom Alex Quinn 24 2 1 4 9 255 4th
United Kingdom Ayrton Simmons 24 1 0 0 5 206.5 7th
United States Yves Baltas 6 0 0 0 0 4 16th
United Kingdom Olli Caldwell 12 0 0 0 0 25 14th
Australia Oscar Piastri 24 5 4 4 10 289.5 2nd

^ Collaboration with Caterham known as Arden Caterham.[5]

Complete former series results[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

† Ran under a Dutch license.
‡ Involved as Trust Team Arden under a Dutch license.
[2] Involved as Telmex Arden International under a Dutch license
†1 Tom Dillmann raced for Caterham Racing for 6 races in 2014 scoring 2 of his 18 points.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Formula V8 3.5 series[edit]

GP2 Asia Series[edit]

  • † Involved as Trust Team Arden under a Dutch License.
  • ‡ Ran under a Dutch license.

A1 GP Series[edit]

Viktor Maslov in the Arden garage, 2001

International Formula 3000 Series[edit]

  • † Involved as Arden Team Russia
  • ‡ Involved as Lukoil Arden Racing
  • [1] collaboration with KTR team

Italian Formula 3000 Series[edit]


Current series
FIA Formula 2 Championship 2017
GP3 Series 2010–2016
F4 British Championship 2015–2016
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2017
Former series
International Formula 3000 1997–2004
Italian Formula 3000 1999–2000
A1 Grand Prix 2005–2007
GP2 Asia Series 2008–2011
GP2 Series 2005–2016
Formula V8 3.5 2012–2016


  1. ^ In 2007-2010 the team competed under Dutch racing license in GP2 Series.In 2010-2013 the team competed in GP3 Series as MW Arden under Australian racing license.
  2. ^ Operation Team at A1 Team Great Britain


  1. ^ Taylor, Simon (January 2012). "Lunch with... Christian Horner". Motor Sport (magazine). Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "KRAL AND PALMER JOIN ARDEN FOR 2011 GP2 SEASON". 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-26.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Red Bull Juniors confirmed". 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Gruz, David (7 February 2017). "Arden completes GP3 line-up for 2017". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Arden Caterham". World Series By Renault. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b GP2 and Formula 3000 entrylist and complete results
  7. ^ A1GP complete Archived December 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Italian Formula 3000 complete results

External links[edit]

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Team Martello
Italian Formula 3000 Teams' Champion
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Nordic Racing
International Formula 3000 Teams' Champion
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