Red Bull announced its 12 drivers for the 2022 season wherein nine are full-time, while three are in the supported category.
After Ferrari announced their junior line-up, Red Bull did theirs in the same week with a total of 12 drivers named for the 2022 season. They have nine in the full-time list with three in the supporting category as each of their racing plans has been laid out too.
Starting with the nine in the full-time list, there are many returning from 2021 season. The likes of Jehan Daruvala, Juri Vips, Liam Lawson continue on in F2 for 2022 and will be joined by Dennis Hauger and Ayumu Iwasa – the latter two graduating from F3.
While Daruvala and Hauger will team up at Prema in F2, Vips remains at Hitech GP as Lawson moves to Carlin with Iwasa joining DAMS. The F3 side has three competitors wherein two continue on in the academy from 2021, while one is a new joining.
The two to continue are Jak Crawford and Jonny Edgar, the duo joining Prema and Trident respectively in F3 series. The new signing is Isack Hadjar who will compete with Hitech GP as he and Edgar will also compete in Formula Regional Asia Championship.
On the F4 side, we have a new signing Yuto Nomura along with Souta Arao, as Arvid Lindblad continued to be in the academy – the former two are to race in the French F4 series, with the latter is announced to race in F4 with Van Amersfoort Racing.
His series is not yet named as Lindbald will only be allowed to drive the single-seater machine after August 15. He is still under the supported category along with new signing Arao and Noel Leon, where the latter will race for Arden in FR European Championship.
Here’s a snap shot:
Juri Vips – Estonia – Formula 2 – HitechGP
Liam Lawson – New Zealand – Formula 2 – Carlin
Jehan Daruvala – India – Formula 2 – Prema Racing
Dennis Hauger – Norway – Formula 2 – Prema Racing
Ayumu Iwasa – Japan – Formula 2 – DAMS
Jonny Edgar – Great Britain – Formula 3 – Trident
Jak Crawford – USA – Formula 3 & F3 Asia – Prema Racing
Isack Hadjar – France – Formula 3 & F3 Asia – HitechGP
Souta Arao – Japan – French F4 – FFSA Academy
Yuto Nomura – Japan – French F4 – FFSA Academy
Arvid Lindblad – Sweden – F4 – Van Amersfoort
Noel Leon – Mexico – Formula Regional EU – Arden
Drivers speak –
Daruvala: “I’m really happy to be back at PREMA and continue to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team for the 2022 FIA F2 Championship. We have worked together in the past and share a fantastic relationship. PREMA is a champion team and I can’t wait to get started and look forward to a successful F2 campaign.”
Hauger: “I’m delighted to continue with PREMA in 2022. We had a good year in 2021 with some amazing teamwork, and I really enjoyed it. I’m extremely happy that they keep believing in me, and I’m looking forward to carrying on the hard work we put in together this season as well.”
Lawson: “I’m super excited for the new opportunity this year. The pre-season test went really, really well. It was a completely different experience to what I’ve been used to. The whole team is really focused on the right things and all super motivated going into the season. The second year is always a good step having done a year and learnt a lot, so to take all of that into a new team is a great way to start.”
Vips: “I’m thrilled to be joining Hitech for another year. We built a strong relationship in 2021, which enabled me to get to grips with the car and work closely with the team to ensure we gave our very best throughout the season. I’m looking forward to fighting for more victories. Massive thanks to Red Bull for their continuous support.”
Iwasa: “I’m very excited to take on my first year of F2 with DAMS. We worked together at the test in December, and I learnt a lot about the car and the team. We collected plenty of data, which will be useful ahead of the pre-season test. I’ll be taking on some new tracks this year, which will be a challenge but I’m looking forward to developing my skills throughout the season. I used to live in Le Mans when I was racing in French F4 so it’s great to be competing in F2 with a team based in the area. I can’t wait to arrive in Bahrain and get back on track with DAMS for testing on 2-4 March.”
Crawford: “I’m very excited to be joining PREMA for a second season of FIA F3 as well as contesting the Formula Regional Asian Championship with them. I am very much looking forward to building on what I learned last year in my rookie season, and hoping to emulate the success that other drivers have had with the team in the past. FIA F3 will be the main focus for me this year and I am eager to get the season underway.”
Edgar: “I am very happy to be able to race for Trident Motorsport in the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship. They’re an extremely professional team that will surely give me the possibility to compete in the top positions in the 2022 championship.”
Hadjar: “I am really happy to race with Hitech for a full campaign in FIA F3 and Formula Regional Asia. I’m excited to see what we are able to achieve together and be working with a new team as I make my step up. There will be a lot to take in and plenty to learn, but I am ready for the challenge! Thanks to Red Bull for their support.”
2022 F2 line-up so far:
UNI-Virtuosi Racing: Jack Doohan, Marino Sato
MP Motorsport: Clement Novalak, Felipe Drugovich
Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung
Carlin: Logan Sargeant, Liam Lawson
DAMS: Roy Nissany, Ayumu Iwasa
ART GP: Theo Pourchaire
Charouz Racing System: Cem Bolukbasi
Trident: Calan Williams
Prema: Jehan Daruvala, Dennis Hauger
Hitech GP: Juri Vips
2022 F3 line-up so far:
ART GP: Gregoire Saucy
Prema: Oliver Bearman, Arthur Leclerc, Jak Crawford
Trident: Jonny Edgar
Hitech GP: Isack Hadjar
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