Dubai based driver Ed Jones has signed with Carlin for the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The reigning Formula 3 Open Champion will compete for the first time with the British squad. The 18-year-old has also competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Euro and NEC as well as the Hockenheim round of the2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Jones, who is the first of Carlin’s F3 team to be announced, will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Max Chilton and Daniil Kvyat who have all raced in Carlin’s F3 team before reaching Formula 1.

Speaking about his new team, Ed Jones says, “Carlin has a fantastic reputation in Formula 3 and it is very exciting to be joining the team for the 2014 season. I completed several days testing with the team before Christmas and really enjoyed driving the car. I can’t wait to get on track for the first official test and build on our progress over the winter.”

Trevor Carlin adds, “As reigning Formula 3 Open Champion Ed clearly has the pace to run at the front. He tested with us before Christmas and we were very pleased with his progress over that short time. Ed helped us with several technical changes and his feedback as well as his pace was very impressive. He settled into the team well and I’ve no doubt that he will be a real asset in 2014.”

Carlin Press Release