Red Bull announce F2 and F3 seats for junior drivers
The Red Bull Junior Team have revealed the destinations for their Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers for the 2022 campaign, including Juri Vips and Liam Lawson, who earn a second year in F2 on the back of testing for Red Bull and AlphaTauri, respectively, at the Formula 1 Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.
Estonian Vips will spend a second season in F2 with Hitech Grand Prix. The 21-year-old became the first driver to win twice in a single weekend at Baku last season, ending the year in sixth, with four further podiums to his name.
New Zealander Lawson will switch from Hitech to Carlin, who previously ran AlphaTauri F1 driver Yuki Tsunoda in F2. Lawson won the opening race of 2021 in Bahrain and went on to end his rookie year ninth with two more podiums.
2019 F3 title challenger Jehan Daruvala will remain in F2 for a third season, but leaves Carlin after two years to join reigning champions PREMA, the team who helped Mick Schumacher and Oscar Piastri to titles in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The Indian driver won three times with Carlin, taking seven podiums in total, finishing 12th in his rookie season and seventh in 2021.
Norwegian Dennis Hauger completes an all-Red Bull junior team line-up at PREMA, making the step up on the back of winning F3 with the Italian team.
Completing Red Bull’s five-driver roster on the F2 grid will be Honda Formula Dream Project driver Ayumu Iwasa, who earns promotion with DAMS after a race-winning season in F3.
Red Bull have also placed three drivers in F3, with 16-year-old American Jak Crawford leaving Hitech to replace Hauger at PREMA. Crawford took on a dual campaign in 2022, finishing third in Euroformula Open and 13th in F3.
17-year-old Jonny Edgar will swap Carlin for 2021 F3 teams’ title winners Trident. The British racer managed five top 10 finishes in F3 in 2021, earning promotion after winning the 2020 ADAC F4 title.
French-Algerian driver Isack Hadjar will become the third tier’s newest Red Bull junior, signing with Hitech. The 17-year-old finished fifth in the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship.