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Jonny Edgar ready to leave the F1 support paddock at the end of 2023

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

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Jonny Edgar is set to leave the Formula 1 support paddock after three years with mixed fortunes in FIA Formula 3. 

In a conversation with Formula Scout, the MP Motorsport driver admitted that he “expected this season to go better than it has” as he discussed the next step in his career.

Edgar is yet to make the F3 podium, with three fourth place finishes his best results from 50 starts to date. However, he reckoned that achieving that long-sought for first podium in next month’s season finale would not change the overall picture of his time in the series, and felt that better results would not necessarily have opened doors to step up to Formula 2.

“It’s not something I worry about really, because I think sometimes when I’ve been in positions to get the podium there’s been some bad luck or whatever. So now I’m going to try to do the best possible, and if it happens, it will happen,” he said.

“And if not, it’s not too much of a problem. Obviously it will be nice to get one, but if it doen’t happen it won’t really change too much. In a year or whatever, if I have one or not, it won’t change anything.

“I don’t think I could have gone to F2 anyways however the season went. So I think after this year, I’ll start to look for something outside of single-seater.”

The Briton reckons “some sort of endurance racing” is his “most likely” 2024 option. He also evaluated going overseas to continue in single-seaters, but that is not financially feasible. Meanwhile, Formula E is the long-term target.

“GT cars or LMP2 is I would say the most likely for next year, but not too sure yet what it will be. I just need to look at what the options are and what’s the best to do, and then decide after that. I think I’d be happy to do either. Both would be exciting to race in.

“[Doing single-seaters abroad] is something I’ve thought about. I think more America [than Japan]. But then it’s the same problem: it’s quite expensive, and it still doesn’t guarantee anything. So I think that’s a bit of a problem, just the budget to go and race there. It’s something I’ve thought about, but at least at the moment it’s not an option for the future.

“Obviously in the short term, [FE] is not an option. It’s quite difficult to get into with a lot of good drivers there, and a lot of the drivers there stay in the series and move around teams. So it’s difficult, but it’s something that I’d definitely consider and I’d like to do it if I had the option.

“I quite enjoyed it when I did the rookie test, and I quite like the technical side of it as well; there’s quite a lot of things that you can change.”