After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar retires from Formula 3 racing
Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar is retiring from Formula 3 for health reasons. As the Trident driver announced on Monday, he was diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s disease. Because of this, he is physically not in the shape he needs to race. His cockpit will be taken over by the Dane Oliver Rasmussen from the races in Imola (22 to 24 April).
“As a family we have made the extremely difficult decision that I will not compete in the 2022 Formula 3 Championship until I am well again,” Edgar wrote on his Instagram account.
“Having recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, I am simply unable to race at the level required at the moment. Once I get on the right treatment path I will hopefully be back to full health and fitness, but until then I need to take some time off to prioritise my health.
“I would especially like to thank Red Bull, Trident and D Tolson & Sons for their unwavering support during this difficult time,” the 18-year-old Briton continued. “I hope to be back soon.”
Trident team manager Giacomo Ricci said, “We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to Jonny Edgar and wish him as speedy a recovery as possible. Since the beginning of the season he has been weakened by physical problems but he has fought like a lion. He has not given up and has continued to race.”
“However, his condition requires a break from competition to aid his recovery. Jonny has always given his best for the team, he has a fantastic family and is a wonderful person,” Ricci continued.
Last season, the 21-year-old Rasmussen drove in Formula 3 for the German HWA team, but finished the season in 25th place overall without scoring any points. Parallel to his involvement in Formula 3, the Dane will also drive for Team Jota in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season.