Kvyat youngest ever points scorer in F1 history

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Although fellow rookie Kevin Magnussen may have stolen the headlines with a remarkable podium finish on debut, Daniil Kvyat also put in an incredible display in Australia today to become the youngest ever points scorer in F1 history.

Kvyat made his debut today at the age of just 19 years and 322 days, and finished the race in tenth place behind teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.

With this solitary point for P10, Kvyat breaks Sebastian Vettel’s seven year old record for being the youngest points scorer in Formula 1. Vettel made his debut at the 2007 United States Grand Prix for BMW Sauber as a replacement for the injured Robert Kubica, and he finished the race in eighth place at the age of 19 years and 349 days.

“It was a very intense afternoon and finishing my first race with a point is a great feeling,” Kvyat said after the race. “It was a fantastic first grand prix weekend with the team, everyone worked really hard and scoring points was a great way to end it. So well done to everyone!”

Having struggled during pre-season and failing to impress during the dry practice sessions on Friday, the pace of the STR9 came as something of a surprise to Kvyat. Furthermore, he never expected to record a top ten finish in his first race.

“I never expected to score a point in my first race, so it feels amazing. It’s a real boost for us and now we have to keep on working hard and if we keep on the way we are going, then we can look forward to a really positive season.”

Having been fast-tracked by Red Bull into Formula 1 after winning the GP3 title last season, Kvyat is already proving that their decision to overlook Antonion Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jr. was the right one.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”