Jak Crawford has announced that he will leave the Red Bull Junior Team in 2024, but has already secured his racing future with a second season in Formula 2.
The 18-year-old became a Red Bull junior in early 2020, and that year he finished second in the ADAC Formula 4 championship. He was a Euroformula race-winner in 2021, took a first FIA Formula 3 Championship win in his second season there last year then became a winner on his 13th F2 start this July on Red Bull’s own track in Austria.
He sits 13th in the F2 standings ahead of next week’s season finale, and has so far stood on the podium five times and claimed a pole position.
“We are thankful for the Red Bull funding for four years, and honestly, we could not have done much of it without their substantial support,” said Crawford in a statement issued by the Sunday Group Management firm.
“We were wanting to make key decisions and we let them know mid-year. After that, they didn’t pick up my fifth and final year, so we are in control now. I truly appreciate everyone at Red Bull, especially Rocky [Guillaume Rocquelin]. I really enjoyed the last two years with him at the factory.”
“Everyone has a different path, but mine has been to be moved up fast and to a different team every year. In two years, I will be only 20 years old, so we are going to slow it down and work a more thoughtful plan. That is all I can say about our plans at this point in time. Again, I am grateful for Red Bull for four years of support.”
Crawford has raced for Hitech GP thi year, and has not indicated if his 2024 F2 deal is with the British outfit or a different team.