FIA Formula 3: Australia, Rd.2 2023 – Press Release

Jonny Edgar and his MP Motorsport team made the journey to Melbourne Australia for the second round of the 2023 FIA Formula 3 season but through tough luck came away without a points finish, in spite of Jonny’s strong pace.

Practice didn’t go according to plan for the Cumbrian driver as a collision with the barriers meant Jonny only completed seven laps ahead of qualifying. However, Jonny put in a strong performance in qualifying to line up 14th for both races.

A good start in the Sprint Race allowed Jonny to make up two positions on the first lap and he was able to claw another position back after the first safety car period. Avoiding the drama around him in the race and surviving three more safety car periods, Jonny finished the first race in 11th, only to be disqualified thanks to a technical infringement on his #12 MP Motorsport car.

In Sunday’s Feature Race, Jonny held position on lap 1 but as carnage ensued on the second lap, he was able to move into 10th place. After a lengthy time behind the safety car, Jonny pounced and moved up to 9th but in the closing stages of the race, lost out in the battle for points and finished in 11th position.

Jonny: “Practice was going okay but I got caught out in turn 10 and had a big snap of oversteer which put me in the wall. It was a shame as up until that point, everything was going okay.

I missed a lot of on-track running because of this crash and even in qualifying there were a lot of red flags but I was improving with every lap. It was a shame not to get more running as I felt better with the car compared to Bahrain. However, to end the session in P14 was good considering how much time I didn’t get on track.

The Sprint race had a lot of safety cars, meaning we didn’t get a lot of racing laps and it was difficult to overtake, however we finished in 11th but unfortunately me and my teammates got disqualified through a mistake by the team.

Then on Sunday, I had a good start and was able to run a high as 9th but then I started to struggle in the final 10 laps of the race and fell back to 11th.”

The next round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship will see Jonny and his team race at the iconic Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on the 19 – 21 May. The whole weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.

Australian Grand Prix FIA Formula 3

14. J.Edgar (MP Motorsport) +1.251

Sprint Race
11. J. Edgar (MP Motorsport) N/A

Feature Race
11. J Edgar (MP Motorsport) +14.928

FIA Formula 3 Championship points after 4 of 20 races
16. J Edgar (MP Motorsport) 2pts