Lando Norris made his country proud when he broke a record on Formula 1’s return to the track in July. The British driver made an impressive run for the podium, and in doing so, managed to break a record held by the legendary Lewis Hamilton.
Kicking Things Off in Style
Formula 1 kicked off its 2020 season with a bang thanks to an exciting race in Austria. We are just one race in, and there is already a new British record as Lando Norris became the youngest Brit to secure a podium finish at 24 years old. He beat Lewis Hamilton’s record, setting up what appears to be an exciting future for the young driver.
Fighting for the Podium
Things weren’t easy for Norris to make it onto the podium, and he had to drive his car to its limits. Norris entered the hunt for a podium place late in the race when it was clear that Hamilton was getting a five-second penalty. The penalty would be awarded at the end of the race, so the chasing pack knew they needed to be within five seconds to leapfrog Hamilton. That’s when Norris put the pedal to the metal, earning the fastest lap of the race and securing his podium spot by just 0.2 seconds.
Norris acknowledged a podium place was better than McLaren had expected. McLaren has been a struggling team for many years, but the team knew it had a fast car for the beginning of the 2020 F1 season. Norris said it was an unexpected bonus to finish on the podium, but he’d gladly take it.
This is just the beginning for Norris and McLaren as the driver and team look to make an impact at the championship end of the standings. McLaren might have been down and out for years, but it seems like the iconic racing team has found its groove once more.
Nikita Bedrin is a Russian karter who was one of the star rookies of senior karting in 2020. Now, he is about to go to single-seater racing in the Formula 4 UAF with a racing team. The star karter was among the leading contenders in junior karting during 2019 and managed to finish second in the WSK Final Cup, as well as third in the WSK Euro Series. In 2020, he moved to OK karts and won the Champions of the Future and WSK Super Master Series.
Nikita Bedrin Signed With Xcel for the 2021 Season
Nikita Bedrin had great performances in the CIK-FIA World and European championships, and that led to him signing with Xcel for the 2021 F4 UAE season. During his karting career, Bedrin was also one of SMP Racing’s junior drivers. Regarding his abilities, the team principal for Xcel Kevin Day said that Bedrin was, without a doubt, one of the hot young talents coming out of karting. Day also pointed out that Bedrin had won multiple races at the highest level in karting, which indicated that he has what it takes to repeat that success in Formula 4.
Xcel Will Help Nikita Bedrin Transition Into Car Racing
Experts say the team at Xcel will make sure its new star drivers are all set and ready for the new season. The five-round event will begin at the Dubai Autodrome in the middle of January 2021. Three of the races will take place at the Dubai Autodrome while the other two will be at the Yas Marina Circuit. Eight teams in total will compete for the grand prize.
Nikita Bedrin will join Matias Zazageta, Dilano Van’t Hoff, and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak in Xcel’s new line-up. While 3Y Technology has signed Saud Al Saud as a new name for their team, Mucke Motorsport and the alliance between Motorscape and Dragon Racing have not yet announced any of their signed drivers.
Formula 4 was created to give young kart drivers around the world the chance to enter the world of single-seater racing.