Jessica Edgar wearing a Rodin Carlin coat

Young British driver to race in female-focused series

Jessica Edgar joins Rodin Carlin to compete in the F1 Academy series.

British driver Jessica Edgar will make her international race series debut at the wheel of an F1 Academy single-seater run by Rodin Carlin.

F1 Academy aims to support young women drivers to progress through the junior single seater categories; from F3, F2 and ultimately into F1.

Looking ahead to the season, Jessica said, “I’m very happy to have signed with Rodin Carlin for F1 Academy. 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 and to go into this first season together is a dream come true.”

In Rodin Carlin’s 24 years’ experience, they have secured over 400 wins in championships including the British F4 Championship, F3, GB3 Championship and the eSkootr Championship.

Team Principal, Stephanie Carlin, commented, “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.”

Jessica, aged just 17, is the latest Greenlight Sports Management driver to take a step-up in their career for the 2023 season. Following a successful karting career, which saw the young driver selected twice for the Girls on Track Rising Stars programme, Jessica progressed to race in the 2022 GB4 Championship. She secured a podium finish at Oulton Park in her rookie season.

Guy Smith, Greenlight Sports Management Founder, explained, “It’s an exciting time for Jessica as she embarks on this extraordinary opportunity that F1 Academy provides for her and other talented female drivers. Jessica showed great progress last year, racing in the GB4 Championship. She truly deserves this opportunity to continue her progression up through the junior categories.”

The championship will play host to a grid of fifteen cars across seven events, with each event consisting of three races. The drivers will get behind the wheel of the Tatuus T421 chassis, each fitted with an Autotecnica engine that delivers 165hp.

Keep up to date ahead of the F1 Academy season by following Jessica on Instagram and Facebook.