Carlin have announced the signing of ADAC Formula 4 Champion Jonny Edgar for the 2021 Formula 3 campaign.

The Red Bull junior took six wins and five podiums on his way to the title, beating freshly confirmed 2020 Hitech racer Jak Crawford to the crown by two points.

The Briton dovetailed his title-winning season alongside a successful programme in Italian F4, where he took a further six podiums and two wins.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Carlin and stepping up to the FIA F3 Championship this season,” said Edgar. “I know there will be a lot of hard work ahead but it’s such a prestigious series and on the F1 support calendar, it’s where every driver aims to be. I’m hugely grateful for the continued support of Dr Helmut Marko and the Red Bull Junior team, who make this possible.

“I experienced the FIA F3 car in the post-season tests at the end of last year and really enjoyed the increase in power and technicality of the car which is a real step up from what I’m used to. Since then, I’ve also enjoyed my time at the Carlin workshop and feel like we’ve already started to work well together. I can’t wait to get back in the car again when pre-season testing starts in February.”

Edgar makes the step up at just 16-years-old and joins a Carlin outfit who finished eighth in the 2020 campaign, scoring two podiums.

Team Principal Trevor Carlin added: “Jonny is a really exciting young talent and we’re very proud to have him join us and continue our relationship with the Red Bull Junior Team. The FIA F3 Championship is one of the most competitive in the world and in a series where consistency is key, the pressure on rookies in a 30-car field is immense.

“However, Jonny has shown he has great talent and we have been working incredibly hard over the winter to deliver a competitive package to help him achieve his potential. He’s been a delight to work with in the factory and I look forward to seeing what he can achieve this season.”