Prema teams up with Iron Lynx to form Italian super-team
Swiss company DC Racing Solutions has reportedly taken over the majority stake in Prema previously held by Aston owner Martin 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 believed to retain their stakes in the team.
The primary owner of DC is financier and amateur runner Deborah Mayer, one of four partners of the Iron Lynx team established in 2017.
The new group is now very involved in the world of single-seaters and sports cars.
Prema’s programs include defending its 2020 FIA Formula 2 and F3, European Frigional 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, Iron Lynx team manager and one of the four co-owners, explained that the move “created a great Italian team that can watch motorsport with a 360-degree view”.
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“We’re going to be working more and more together, and the idea is to create new projects for the future together,” said former factory driver Aston Martin, who is on the Iron Lynx driver list in WEC this year.
“But Prema is going to remain what it is: it’s such an important motorsport entity that it would be really stupid to try to change it.”
René 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 Balade.
“We’re looking for something for Prema with what we do next, but we’re pretty deep with the one-seater ladder that we have,” said Rosin.
“We have to see how everything evolves, but we have common ideas, common goals.
“If you look at the whole thing, we now have all categories, from cars to GTs, and I think that’s a pretty good and positive story.”
The deal for DC to take a stake in Prema grew out of an existing relationship in Italy’s F4 dating back to 2019.
It has provided technical support to Iron Lynx from its debut in the series and this year will field a car under the Abu Dhabi Racing banner previously driven by its new sister team.
A collaboration between the two sides has enabled Guanyu Zhou to win the Asian F3 title this year for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema.
“Let’s say the F4 gave us the chance to get to know each other and gave us confidence that we could work together,” said Piccini.