MRTI: Carlin adds European F3 shoe Ed Jones to Indy Lights lineup

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The first of Trevor Carlin’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers has been revealed, in the form of Dubai-born, English-based 19-year-old F3 shoe Ed Jones. More from the team below:


FIA Formula 3 European Championship racer Ed Jones will step over to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires next season, moving across the Atlantic with the team that has taken him to F3 podiums in 2014. The 19-year-old claimed two podiums in a curtailed FIA F3 season and is the first driver to be announced in Carlin’s new Indy Lights team.

Jones has had some previous experience racing in the U.S, having competed in the Florida Winter Series at the start of the 2014 season. Racing alongside the likes of Max Verstappen and Ferrari Academy drivers Antonio Fuoco and Raffaele Marciello, Jones took eight podiums, one pole position and three fastest laps.

Jones was a top rookie when the 2014 FIA F3 season kicked off earlier this year, taking two podiums at the second event on the calendar in Hockenheim. The Emirates based driver saw his progress halted somewhat by a back injury sustained in Pau in May, but returned in fighting form at the Red Bull Ring in August to take two sixth place finishes after missing three races mid-season.

Previously, Jones was Euro F3 Open Champion, recording six wins and a total of 10 podiums on his way to taking the 2013 title. Jones also reached the podium in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2013 in a busy season which also saw him take third in the British F3 standings.

Speaking about his new race programme, Jones said, “I am really excited and thankful for this opportunity to race in Indy Lights. I have always seen myself going over to the States for racing at some point and Carlin’s choice to participate in the series has made it an ideal time to make the transition a reality. There will be a lot to learn for the team and myself especially on the ovals but I am as motivated as ever to make it a success with the aim of making it to Indy Car now clearly in sight.“

Trevor Carlin added, “We are beyond delighted that Ed will be making this journey to Indy Lights with us. He’s shown pace and determination this season in F3 and is a joy to work with. It is a great start to our Indy Lights campaign that we are able to take one of our existing drivers to the U.S and I’ve no doubt that Ed has the ability to be competitive from the outset.”

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.