Jenzer Motorsport have confirmed Nikita Bedrin as their second driver for the upcoming FIA Formula 3 season, with him becoming the 15th rookie announced for the 2023 grid.

The 17-year-old made the step up to single-seaters in 2021 following a successful karting career, in which he claimed the WSK Super Masters Series OK class title in 2020. The following year saw him compete in the UAE, German ADAC and Italian F4 Championships.

Returning to all three for second consecutive season in 2022, Bedrin would finish fourth in the Standings in both F4 UAE and ADAC F4, achieving one win and a further five podium finishes in the German Championship.

On his signing, Bedrin said he’s eagerly anticipating the step up to the third tier and the opportunities that await him once pre-season testing gets underway in Sakhir next month.

“I'm very happy to have the opportunity to drive in the FIA F3 Championship! It is a big and important step. I'm ready to accept the challenge and make the most of it! I want to say a big thank you to PHM Racing for making it possible for me to drive at Jenzer Motorsport and for giving me this chance and believing in me. I can't wait to start and I'm really looking forward to it!"

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Bedrin had his first chance to get to grips with the F3 machinery during last year’s post-season test, clocking in 184 laps across the three days in Jerez. This season will see him drive in the #26 car, partnering fellow rookie Alejando Garcia as part of the Swiss team’s 2023 roster.

Keeping his racing skills sharp ahead of his F3 debut, Bedrin has also been competiting in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship, scoring points in two of the first six races.

Team Principal Andreas Jenzer added that that the team are excited to see Bedrin’s potential as he adapts to the Championship.

“Nikita is young, talented and ambitious. We will work with him on his consistency and think he can surprise with very good results. In the post-season test in Jerez last autumn, he already did well with the powerful FIA F3 racing machine, which was new to him. We are looking forward to the season with him and are happy to start soon.”