Olli Caldwell is delighted to confirm his place as a member of the Alpine Academy, as he announces a full-season Formula 2 campaign with Campos Racing for the 2022 Season.
The 19-year-old British Driver joins the Alpine Academy ahead of graduating to the top-tier of junior formulae in 2022. The BRDC rising star joins the Formula 2 grid following his strong ascension up the junior single-seater ladder, which has seen him take race victories in Formula 4 (ADAC, Italian & UAE) Formula Regional and FIA Formula 3. His talent and ability was further proven during his promising 2021 campaign in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, which saw him challenging for the title from the very first race.
Olli’s impressive career to date sees him invited to join the prestigious Academy programme created by Alpine F1 Team, which supports young racing drivers through the building stages of their young racing career, providing them with the tools and resources they need to make the most of their natural racing talent. The programme has grown from strength to strength each year since it was established in 2016. Olli is the newest addition to the programme, which has most recently overseen the rise of the latest Formula 1 driver – Guanyu Zhou.
Olli’s journey with the Alpine Academy commenced with a dedicated training camp which took place in Tenerife last week, joining fellow Academy members and trainers in a programme of physical training and mental preparation for the 2022 season.
Making the step up to Formula 2 machinery with Campos Racing in 2022, follows his debut in the final two rounds of the 2021 season and a successful post-season test with the Spanish-based team. The British racer is ready and raring to get his first season of FIA Formula 2 underway in Sakhir on 18th–20th March.
The 2022 FIA Formula 2 season takes place across 14 rounds as the main support series to Formula 1. Racing at historic tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza along with the chance to race on the infamous streets of Monaco. Olli will be out on track ahead of the opening round, for pre-season testing in Sakhir on 2nd–4th March.
Speaking of this latest step in his career Olli Caldwell commented:
“I'm really excited to join the Academy as this is one of the biggest steps in my career so far. All the support that comes with it does add a bit of pressure, but that’s good pressure to have in order to keep pushing. I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can improve and perform in the years ahead. I get on really well with Campos Racing and especially with Ralph [Boschung]. The car is looking very strong and I think we can definitely achieve some very good results this year, I can’t wait to get going!.”
Mia Sharizman, Alpine Academy Director:
“We are only measured by our success on track and our goal as an Academy is always to win the Championships our drivers are competing in. Olli comes into the Academy after a solid year in F3 where he managed four podium finishes and a race win. We accept it might take a few races for the two of them [Olli and Jack] to adjust to their new surroundings, but we’re confident they will hit the ground running towards the second half of the season.”
Adrián Campos, Campos Racing Sporting Director, adds:
"Despite the short time that we have been working together, the sensations cannot be better. Olli has adapted very well to the team and to the car and we are sure that a very good year awaits us. Olli has the instinct, perseverance and intelligence to continue growing as a driver and at Campos Racing we are going to give him all the tools to do so."
Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management comments:
“We’re delighted that Olli has been welcomed into Alpine Academy, he has had an impressive junior career so far and we know that he will go from strength to strength with their support and guidance. Joining Campos Racing for 2022 is a brilliant opportunity for Olli as he makes the step up into F2, he has the talent and will have a great team in Campos to push him forward in his rookie year. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
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