Jessica Edgar is optimistic she can be in the hunt for the 2024 F1 ACADEMY title but knows she can’t rest on her laurels if she is to keep up with the pack.

There were no shortage of positives for Edgar to take out of last season’s campaign, with two trips to the podium in Spielberg and Monza. Going from strength to strength, the Briton’s constant progress culminated in a stellar performance at the season finale in Austin.

Securing P5 in Qualifying 1, she fought her way through for her third P3 finish in Race 1. Starting on pole for the final race, Edgar held her nerve off the line and steadily pulled away to claim a long-awaited maiden victory.

Reflecting on her success last year, Edgar said she was encouraged by her level of improvement across her rookie season and is looking to kick it up a notch a second time around.

“I think I improved massively from where we started off at the Red Bull Ring,” she remarked. “To finish off in Austin with a win was really good, so I’m looking forward to seeing if we can do the same again this year and improve more.”

Edgar currently sits seventh in the Drivers Standings on 12 points
Edgar currently sits seventh in the Drivers' Standings on 12 points

With a background racing in the UK prior to joining F1 ACADEMY, Edgar is once again having to get her head around several new circuits, including Round 2’s visit to the Miami International Autodrome. Fortunately for her, adjusting to them has been made easier, with the 19-year-old remaining part of the Rodin Motorsport fold.

When asked whether the team’s familiarity has benefitted her preparation for the season, Edgar responded: “It’s good to be staying with Rodin Motorsport again. They know me, so they know the areas that I need to work on the most and it’s good to be knowing who I’m working with.”

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She added: “Racing on a lot of street circuits is going to be quite hard with the barriers really close, but I’m excited to see how we get on.”

Opening her 2024 account with a P4 finish in Race 2 at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the foundations for further success in Miami are there. However, Edgar knows that whilst being quick out of the box is beneficial, improving her pace will be vital to sustaining a 2024 title charge.

“I’m approaching (the year) to hopefully win the series,” she explained. “That’s what I would like to do but I’ve just got to improve as much as we can all through the year and see what we can do. I think it’s important to start as you mean to go on, so you’re more confident leading into the other races in the year.”