Aston Martin have confirmed that DAMS Lucas Oil’s Jak Crawford has joined the Formula 1 team’s Young Driver Development Programme.

The 18-year-old will undertake a testing programme with the British outfit in the AMR22 alongside his Formula 2 campaign with DAMS throughout the 2024 season.

As part of his new role with the team, Crawford will also be working alongside the team’s support race operations, doing simulator work at the Aston Martin Silverstone base, and attending races with the team across the year.

Speaking about the opportunity, the American driver said he was hugely excited to continue the next phase of his career in Aston Martin colours.

"I am proud to take this next step in my career. The Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team is a great place to learn and grow, and the programme ahead sounds exciting. I cannot wait to start working with everyone – especially on the simulator where I can make a contribution to the team's performance on race weekends. I'm thrilled to get the chance to drive the AMR22 car later this year. It is a big motivator for me to work hard and make the most of this great opportunity."

Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack added that Crawford’s potential was hugely exciting and that he was looking forward to helping him reach the next level in his racing career.

"A big welcome to Jak as he begins an exciting journey with Aston Martin Aramco Formula 1 Team. He has shown great potential throughout his junior career, and we look forward to supporting his learning and development as he steps into the AMR22 for the first time.

"As part of the growth of the team we want to offer talented young drivers a valuable development programme and I have no doubt Jak will flourish in this environment. We are fortunate to have state-of-the art facilities and world-class personnel, who will prepare Jak to race at the very highest level."

Crawford joins 2022 F2 Drivers’ Champion Felipe Drugovich in Aston Martin colours, with the Brazilian remaining with the team in 2024 as test and reserve driver.