Prema unites with Iron Lynx to form Italian superteam

Single-seater powerhouse Prema has moved under the control of the owners of the Iron Lynx sportscar squad to create a new Italian superteam.

Prema unites with Iron Lynx to form Italian superteam

Swiss-based DC Racing Solutions is understood to have taken over the majority shareholding in Prema previously held by Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll (whose son Lance won the Italian Formula 4 and Formula 3 European titles with Prema in 2014 and 2016 respectively), although Prema would neither confirm nor deny this.

Current Prema boss Rene Rosin and his father, team founder and patriarch Angelo, are thought to be retaining their shares in the team.

The principal owner of DC is financier and amateur racer Deborah Mayer, one of four partners in the Iron Lynx squad established in 2017.

The new group now has a far-reaching involvement across the world of single-seaters and sportscars.

Prema’s programmes include the defence of its 2020 FIA Formula 2 and F3, European FRegional and Italian F4 titles, while Iron Lynx’s activities encompass assaults with Ferrari on the World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and the GT World Challenge Europe.

Like Prema, Iron Lynx also races in Italian F4.

Andrea Piccini, team principal of Iron Lynx and one of the four co-owners, explained that the move has “created a big Italian team that can look at motorsport with a 360-degree vision”.

#85 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner

#85 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

“We are going to work together more and more, and the idea is to create some new projects together for the future,” said the former Aston Martin factory driver, who is part of the Iron Lynx driver roster in the WEC this year.

“But Prema is going to stay what it is: it is such an important motorsport entity that it would be really stupid to try to change it.”

Rene Rosin described the deal with DC as a “new chapter” in the history of a team that dates back to the early 1980s and has six alumni on the current F1 grid: Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Antonio Giovinazzi, Mick Schumacher and Stroll.

“We are looking into something for Prema with what we are doing next, but we are quite flat-out with the single-seater ladder that we have,” explained Rosin.

“We have to see how everything evolves, but we have common ideas, common targets.

“If you consider overall, we now have all the categories from single-seaters to GTs, and I think it’s a pretty good and positive story.”

The deal for DC to take a share in Prema has grown out of an existing relationship in Italian F4 stretching back to 2019.

It has provided technical assistance to Iron Lynx from its debut in the series, and this year is fielding a car under the Abu Dhabi Racing banner previously flown by its new sister team.

A collaboration between the two parties resulted in Guanyu Zhou winning this year’s Asian F3 title for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema.

“Let’s say that F4 gave us the chance to get to know each other and gave us confidence that we could work together,” said Piccini.

shares
comments
Vasseur says it would be a mistake to push Pourchaire to F1 too early
Previous article

Vasseur says it would be a mistake to push Pourchaire to F1 too early

Next article

Nannini stays at Campos for Silverstone F2 races

Nannini stays at Campos for Silverstone F2 races
Load comments
What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum? Prime

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Prime

How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Prime

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Prime

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Prime

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place on the F1 grid

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Prime

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books Prime

How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Prime

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021