GB4 podium finisher Jessica Edgar is the third driver to join the new F1 Academy series after signing for Rodin Carlin.
The 17-year-old joins ART Grand Prix’s Lena Buhler and Prema’s Bianca Bustamante in committing to the all-women series, which will use Tatuus T-421 Formula 4 machinery.
Edgar, cousin of FIA Formula 3 driver Jonny, began karting from the age of five and made the longlist of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’s Girls on Track Rising Stars programme in 2020 and 2021.
She made her single-seater debut for Fortec Motorsports last year in the inaugural season of GB4, which uses first-generation Tatuus F4 cars, finishing seventh in the standings and scoring a best result of second at Oulton Park.
“I’m very happy to have signed with Rodin Carlin for F1 Academy, “ said Edgar.
“As soon as I heard about the series; the backing of Formula One and the teams and people involved, I was extremely keen to be part of this first historic season. I know the Rodin Carlin team pretty well and to go into this first season together is a dream come true. I’m really excited to get the season underway.”
Rodin Carlin’s vice team principal Stephanie Carlin added: “We’re very proud to announce our first driver in F1 Academy ahead of what we expect to be an exciting and historic season.
“Jess was already well known to us, and the opportunity to work with her in F1 Academy came at exactly the right time in her career. With only one season in car racing to her name, there is still plenty to learn, but Jess is extremely motivated and we look forward to unlocking her potential in the season ahead.”