Young American athlete, aged 18, is set to experience his initial foray into Formula 1 via private testing with the 2022 AMR22 vehicle. The car is set to be used frequently in the current year by backup driver Felipe Drugovich as well.
The team’s program for the young talent includes varied exercises enveloping fitness conditioning, media interaction training, and simulator drill in conjunction with Aston Martin‘s race events. These activities facilitate an environment where he can imbibe and master strategies from the team’s seasoned racers.
In addition, interspersed visits to the Silverstone base simulator will be an integral part of his training, especially during the race stints when Drugovich is occupied with his reserve responsibilities.
Crawford is concurrently associated with the FIA F2 series for his second season, representing the DAMS team this season. Tracing his journey, he was officially enrolled as a Red Bull driver in January of 2020 and emerged as runner-up in the ADAC F4 series, conducted by Van Amersfoort, a season jarred by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, he managed to secure the 13th position in the FIA F3 series, as part of the Hitech team, while also bagging third place with Motopark in the Euroformula Open series.
He returned to Hitech to debut in the F2 series, following the seventh position finish in the F3 series with Prema in 2022.
The zenith of his career, thus far, was winning the sprint race in Austria. Despite registering four additional podium finishes, making points was a rare achievement. Consequently, he was let go of by Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko at the conclusion of the season.
Crawford’s association with Aston Martin has been hinted at for some time. His induction signifies not only a major leap in the driver’s career but also bolsters Aston Martin‘s ties with American sponsors, applauded by US-centric team stakeholder Arctos.
Crawford expressed his exhilaration in a statement, “I am proud to take this next step in my career. The Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team is a great place to learn and grow, and the programme ahead sounds exciting. I cannot wait to start working with everyone – especially on the simulator where I can make a contribution to the team’s performance on race weekends. I’m thrilled to get the chance to drive the AMR22 car later this year. It is a big motivator for me to work hard and make the most of this great opportunity.”
From the team management, Mike Krack, team boss, shared his vision for Crawford, “He has shown great potential throughout his junior career and we look forward to supporting his learning and development as he steps into the AMR22 for the first time. As part of the growth of the team we want to offer talented young drivers a valuable development programme, and I have no doubt Jak will flourish in this environment. We are fortunate to have state-of-the-art facilities and world-class personnel, who will prepare Jak to race at the very highest level.”