F3 Red Bull Academy Driver set to join Formula 2 next season

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Red Bull Academy and American Driver Jak Crawford announced that he will join Formula 2 for the 2023 season.

After spending two years racing in the Formula 3 championship, the seventeen-year-old from North Carolina announced that he’ll drive in Formula 2 for the 2023 season. Crawford will also participate in the F2 test in Abu Dhabi later this year.

Who is Jak Crawford?

Jak Crawford, or Carlton Jackson Crawford, was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crawford started karting in 2011 and began racing overseas in 2014. In 2020 he signed onto the Red Bull Junior program where he finished runner-up in the ADAC Formula 4 championship.

2021/22 Formula 3 season

In October 2020, Crawford participated in the post-season F3 testing driving for Hitech GP. Later that month he competed in his second F3 test and was confirmed for the 2021 season driving for Hitech GP, driving alongside Ayuma Iwasa and Roman Stanek.

Crawford struggled but was able to salvage the season by scoring points on a consistent basis as well as a podium. After finishing thirteenth in the standings he switched to eventual champions PREMA for the 2022 season, driving alongside Arthur Leclerc and rookie Oliver Bearman.

His second season in F3 went much better, finishing with one win and five podiums. He ended the season with a podium at Monza placing him seventh in the final standings – just thirty points behind champion Victor Martins.

How will Crawford do in Formula 2?

Although Formula 2 has yet to officially announce Crawford, it remains a mystery as to which team he’ll drive for. However, seeing his prior connections with Hitech and PREMA it seems likely he’ll drive for one of those two teams. With PREMA’s Jehan Daruvala, who is also a Red Bull Junior Team racer, expecting to move on from F2 after this season that could end up being where Crawford slots in. Formula 2 drivers are more experienced and cars race at higher speeds. It’ll be interesting to see how Crawford does as he makes the next step in his career.

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