F1 Academy, Barcelona further points for Jess

Jun 24, 2024

Jess Edgar continued her run of point-scoring finishes to open the F1 Academy season as the youngster clinched an eighth-place finish at Barcelona this weekend (June 21-23).

After a six-week break in action after the previous races in Miami, the American Express-backed 19-year-old showed good speed in the single practice session, finishing sixth quickest, just 0.6s from the fastest time.

In qualifying, she again drove well, but was a little disappointed to finish ninth in both sessions as she struggled to switch on the tyres, finishing 0.7s and 0.8s from pole position.

Jess had a good start to race one, battling with Tina Hausmann for sixth place into the first series of corners but settled into seventh before the Safety Car was called. With the race resuming on lap seven of 16, she had a strong restart, getting ahead of Hausmann for sixth. From there she was driving comfortably in that spot, but was handed a five-second time penalty for a false start, dropping her to eighth in the final classification.

The Cumbrian racer had another good launch of the line for race two, but had to take evasive action into turn one, going up the escape road and losing momentum, settling into seventh. Unfortunately, Jess found the car handling tougher and slipped back a couple of places, running ninth until the final few laps, when the tyre degradation got too much and, unable to fend off the advances of her rivals, she crossed the line 15th.

Despite that setback, Jess leaves Spain buoyed by positive performance during practice and continuing to improve her driving in the car, working to refine the setup to her preference. She will return to F1 Academy action in August, after an eight-weak break, racing alongside the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Championship: 8 (22 points)

Jess Commented: “Free practice was good, and we finished closer than I have done in the previous races in Miami and Jeddah, so that was positive. In qualifying I didn’t quite manage to get the tyres in quickly enough, which left me with understeer and meant things didn’t go to plan, so I finished P9 for races one and two.”

“Race one was good, and I finished P6 on track, but that became P8 as I was penalised for a false start. In race two I struggled a lot with the car and dropped back unfortunately. I can take away positives that I have improved my driving a lot, for example trying to drive around things when it doesn’t feel quite right and making the car feel as good as it can be, which gives me optimism for Zandvoort in August.”