Jessica Edgar battles to top ten finish as F1 Academy visits Barcelona

Jessica Edgar recorded a top ten finish in F1 Academy last weekend (May 19-21), on a tough weekend for the youngster as the series headed to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

With a forecast of rain during the weekend, a downpour ahead of the first practice session meant useful running on a wet track, as she finished 13th in the standings, while in the second practice she was narrowly behind her Rodin Carlin teammates, once again 13th.

In the first qualifying session, Jessica took an early lead atop the times, but in the closing minutes a flurry of flying laps from her rivals left her down the order, finishing 13th quickest. It was a similar story in qualifying 2, as she ended up 14th when the flag was shown.

The 18-year-old had a good start to the opening contest, moving up three places on the opening lap, but once the field was up to speed making forward progress was difficult, and she would cross the line tenth.

It was a similar story for races two and three as Jessica was able to race off the line on the opening lap, but thereafter didn’t quite have the car underneath her to climb inside the top ten, finishing 12th and 14th, respectively.

The next three races in the F1 Academy calendar will take place at the home of the Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort, over the weekend of June 23-25, but before then Jessica will return to Spain for two days of official tests at MotorLand Aragón over June 13/14.

Jess Commented,“I did well on the first lap in every race making up several places, but once things settled down and pace mattered, we struggled to keep up with the rest of the pack, unfortunately. There are some positives that we can take away from the weekend though, as we worked through several different setups, eliminating some and understanding which ones we can build on as the season progresses.”