PREMA have confirmed that Jak Crawford will join the team for 2022 F3 season.
Crawford graduated to F3 last season with Hitech GP but only finished 13th in the driver standings with just one podium finish, which saw him finish second in the opening Belgian race behind race-winner Lorenzo Colombo.
2022 though sees the 16 year-old American stay in the series but move across to PREMA where he will partner Ollie Bearman and Arthur Leclerc, as well as drive for PREMA in the off-season’s Formula Regional Asia Championship in Middle East.
Speaking about his decision to join PREMA, Crawford said: “I’m very excited to be joining PREMA for a second season of FIA F3 as well as contesting the Formula Regional Asian Championship with them.
“I am very much looking forward to building on what I learned last year in my rookie season, and hoping to emulate the success that other drivers have had with the team in the past. FIA F3 will be the main focus for me this year and I am eager to get the season underway.”
PREMA Team Principal, Rene Rosin meanwhile revealed that Crawford has been on PREMA’s radar for a while, as he “always kept a close eye” on the “promising” teenager who had impressed in NCAM, ADAC and Italian F4 series between 2018-20.
Explaining the decision to sign Crawford for the 2022 season after he tested for the team during post-season testing, Rosin said: “He established himself as one of the most promising drivers since his Formula 4 days, and finally working together will be extremely interesting.
“I’m sure that there is enough potential to aim high for 2022. We already had the chance to work with him in testing, and we look forward to continuing that process in the Formula Regional Asian Championship.”
Crawford isn’t the first Red Bull junior to join PREMA in F3 after Dennis Hauger moved from Hitech GP to the Italian outfit last season, which proved fruitful as the Norwegian driver went on to clinch the title.
Speaking about the decision to sign another Red Bull backed driver, Rosin commented: “I’m equally delighted to continue our work with the Red Bull Junior Team in order to develop the next generation of high-profile racing drivers.”
Hitech GP meanwhile have replaced Crawford with Isack Hadjar after the French-Algerian driver finished fifth in 2021 Formula Regional European Championship.
Speaking about his move to Hitech GP, Hadjar said: “I’m excited to see what we are able to achieve together and be working with a new team as I make my step up. There will be a lot to take in and plenty to learn, but I am ready for the challenge!”
Edgar Joins Trident
Red Bull meanwhile have placed Jonny Edgar at Trident with the Brit staying in F3 for a second season after driving for Carlin in 2021.
Speaking about his move to Trident, Edgar said: “I am very happy to be able to race for Trident Motorsport in the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship, an extremely professional team that will surely give me the possibility to compete in the top positions in the 2022 championship.”
Trident Team Owner, Maurizio Salvadori meanwhile added that the team had monitored Edgar last season and praised his qualities amidst poor results.
Salvadori however has set Edgar the target of a title fight as he commented: “I am sure that he will compete in a top championship and will be a real protagonist of the season.
“Edgar hit the track in the Trident car in the post-season test held last November in Valencia where we were able to appreciate his talent at the wheel, his mature behavior and his impeccable professionalism.”