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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 18: Jonny Edgar of Great Britain and Trident (1) looks on during practice for Round 1:Sakhir of the Formula 3 Championship at Bahrain International Circuit on March 18, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Trident F3 driver Edgar withdraws due to worsening health

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Oliver Rasmussen will replace Jonny Edgar as the British driver prioritises his health.

Rasmussen will make his debut at the upcoming test in Jerez.

Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci said: “It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Jonny Edgar, and we wish him the quickest possible recovery.

“Since the start of the season, he was weakened by physical issues, but he fought like a lion. He did not back down and continued to race.

“However, his conditions necessitate a break from his competitive activity to support his recovery. Jonny always gave his maximum to the team, he has a fantastic family and is a wonderful guy.”

Edgar maintains the support of his family and those around him, including Red Bull. The young British driver is a member of their junior team led by Dr Helmut Marko.

The news follows Edgar’s recent diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, which he previously said affected his driving in the opening race.

Why Rasmussen?

After competing in various karting competitions during his childhood, Rasmussen progressed to single-seaters in 2018.

His two seasons in Italian F4 saw him finish 25th in his first year and 7th in 2019.

Following this, his more impressive performance was in the 2020 Formula Regional European Championship, where he took points in every race he started. He completed the season with six wins and seven podiums, earning him a Formula 3 seat for 2021.

In his debut F3 season, Rasmussen raced for HWA RACELAB. Here, he became one of 13 drivers who failed to score points. The car’s poor achievements led to Van Amersfoort Racing replacing the struggling team for this year.

With a second chance, the Danish driver will no doubt hope to improve on his previous experiences in F3.

Views on the unexpected signing

Team Manager Ricci continued: “He is a quick and experienced driver, and we are proud to welcome him to the Trident Motorsport family.

“I am sure that he will quickly gain the chemistry needed to gel with the team, making the most of the four days of testing between Jerez and Barcelona, which will be followed by the round at Imola. We will put up our best effort to help Oliver and we are sure that he will provide a great contribution to the team.”

Rasmussen said: “I am delighted to line up for the upcoming events of the Formula 3 Championship with Trident Motorsport. Joining the line-up of the reigning champion team is something that only happens a handful of times in a driver’s career, and I want to make the most out of this chance.

“I want to thank Trident Motorsport for the opportunity and Jota Sport for their continued support. I will give my 100 per cent on track to reward the trust that Trident Motorsport has placed in me, and I cannot wait to wear the team’s colours.”

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