Aston Martin has announced that it has inducted former Red Bull Junior Team member Jak Crawford into its Formula 1 Young Driver Development programme.
Crawford departed the Red Bull scheme at the end of 2023 following four years within its ranks, which saw him progress to Formula 2 on the single seater ladder.
The American, who classified seventh in Formula 3 in 2022, landed one win and five podiums in his maiden campaign in the second tier last term to place 13th.
Crawford has switched from Hitech DAMS for his second season in F2 and that will be complemented by performing testing and simulator duties with Aston Martin.
The Aston Martin Young Driver Development programme “focuses on preparing rising stars for the demands of competing at the very highest levels of motorsport”.
The programme will provide up-and-coming drivers with fitness work, media training and simulator work, plus the chance to observe the team during grand prix weekends.
Alongside his sessions in the simulator supporting the squad’s race operations, the 18-year-old is also in line to receive time in Aston Martin’s AMR22 car later this year.
“I am proud to take this next step in my career,” Crawford said. “The Aston Martin Aramco Formula One 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.”
Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack added: “A big welcome to Jak as he begins an exciting journey with the Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team.
“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.”