Crawford: “Red Bull was not the Best Place For Me”

Crawford: “Red Bull was not the Best Place For Me”

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Ahead of the 2024 FIA Formula 2 season, Jak Crawford announced he would be driving under the Aston Martin young driver program. 

Last season, himself and Red Bull parted ways and Crawford spoke openly about this in InsideF2’s most recent podcast. 

Speaking to our podcast host, Fraser Ford, Crawford admitted that it was his decision to move on from Red Bull and start an exciting new opportunity for his Motorsport career.

 “It came at a time in my career where 2024 is such a crucial year for me. In my second year in F2 I have a big opportunity to do well and make a step up into Formula 1 or some job in Formula 1.

“It’s a big year for me and in my opinion, Red Bull was not the best place for me. It was even, almost, mutually agreed that Red Bull already weren’t too happy with me and as well, we weren’t too happy with them. It was a bit of a mix and, you know, in the end I found a good place for me at Aston Martin.”

In his rookie F2 season, Crawford picked up five podiums with Hitech, including an impressive maiden victory in the Sprint Race in Austria. Although he managed to secure multiple podiums, a difficult end to the season meant he finished 13th in the overall drivers’ standings.

Last year he was one of six Red Bull juniors to compete in Formula 2, but over the off-season, the number of Red Bull Academy drivers on the grid has decreased to just two (Hadjar and Martí).

Crawford also told us that his decision has been a long time coming, as it was something he has been considering since October last year:

“It was already in the works… At the end of last year, I believe it was as early as October or November. So it’s been in the works for a very long time.”

Looking ahead to this season, Crawford has much higher hopes as he teams up with DAMS for his second year in the championship. He believes his decision to switch to Aston Martin gives him a big opportunity:

“It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to for this year. It gives me a great opportunity to learn and to be on the sim. As well, I get to drive the AMR22 at some point so it’s quite cool.”

Image: Aston Martin

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