The reigning ADAC Formula 4 Champion makes the step up to the F1 support series following a stunning season in Europe in 2020.
Red Bull Junior Edgar claimed an impressive 11 podiums in ADAC F4 last season including six wins and five podiums to edge out his championship rivals and take title honours. His achievements were made all the more impressive by the fact that the British racer also completed a race winning programme in Italian F4 where he achieved a further six podiums and two race wins.
At just 16-years-old, Edgar will be one of the youngest drivers in the super competitive 30 car field in the FIA F3 Championship. An exciting new format for the 2021 season will see the racing action intensified, as the teams and drivers compete in seven rounds overall. Each event will feature three races per weekend, increasing the total number of races over the course of the season to 21. Two reverse grid races on the Saturday of each weekend will shake up the field, with the grid for Sunday’s race set by a Friday qualifying session.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Carlin and stepping up to the FIA F3 Championship this season,” said Edgar. “I know there will be a lot of hard work ahead but it’s such a prestigious series and on the F1 support calendar, it’s where every driver aims to be. I’m hugely grateful for the continued support of Dr Helmut Marko and the Red Bull Junior team, who make this possible.
“I experienced the FIA F3 car in the post-season tests at the end of last year and really enjoyed the increase in power and technicality of the car which is a real step up from what I’m used to. Since then, I’ve also enjoyed my time at the Carlin workshop and feel like we’ve already started to work well together. I can’t wait to get back in the car again when pre-season testing starts in February.”
Speaking about the team’s newest signing, Trevor Carlin added, “Jonny is a really exciting young talent and we’re very proud to have him join us and continue our relationship with the Red Bull Junior Team. The FIA F3 Championship is one of the most competitive in the world and in a series where consistency is key, the pressure on rookies in a 30-car field is immense. However, Jonny has shown he has great talent and we have been working incredibly hard over the winter to deliver a competitive package to help him achieve his potential. He’s been a delight to work with in the factory and I look forward to seeing what he can achieve this season.”
The FIA Formula 3 Championship kicks off in Barcelona from 7 – 9 May.