Rodin Carlin have confirmed that Jessica Edgar as their first of three signings for the inaugural F1 Academy season.

After starting in karting aged five, Edgar later went on to achieve second in the 2019 Motorsport UK Kartmasters Grand Prix in the X30 Mini category and finished fourth in the British Kart Championship that same year. In both 2021 and 2022, she made the longlist for the FIA’s Girls on Track Rising Stars Programme.

17-year-old Edgar joins the F1 Academy grid off the back of her single-seater debut last year. Competing in the UK’s GB4 Championship, she went on to claim points in all 24 races, including one podium finish, on her way to seventh in the Standings.

Speaking about the announcement, Edgar said she eagerly looking forward to working with her new team as part of the all-new series.

“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 pretty well and to go into this first season together is a dream come true. I’m really excited to get the season underway.”

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.”