Red Bull-backed Trident racer Jonny Edgar is stepping away from the FIA Formula 3 Championship after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease.
Edgar, 18, started the season by finishing 13th and 11th in the respective Sprint and Feature races in Bahrain, but has since revealed his diagnosis.
Crohn's disease is a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed, with Edgar explaining that, at the moment, he is "simply unable to physically compete at the level required".
The Briton is now seeking "the correct treatment path", which he hopes will allow him to return to competition in the future.
Edgar takes "extremely difficult" decision to stop racing
Edgar made the announcement via a statement issued on his official website and social media channels on Monday.
"As a family, we have made the extremely difficult decision that I will not continue in the 2022 FIA F3 Championship until I am feeling well again," read the statement.
"Having recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, at the present time I am simply unable to physically compete at the level required.
"Once on the correct treatment path, I will hopefully be back to full health/fitness, but until then I need to take some time out to prioritise my health.
"I would especially like to thank Red Bull, Trident Motorsport and D Tolson & Sons for their unwavering support throughout what has been a challenging time."
Edgar's note signed off: "Hope to be back soon."
Several fellow drivers have expressed their support and well wishes below his social media post, including Mercedes F1 racer George Russell.
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