She may only have completed one season in single-seater racing but 18-year-old Beistke Visser has already turned plenty of heads in the motor racing world, so much so that earlier this month she was announced as the latest member of the Red Bull Junior Team. “It was of course a really great feeling,” she told RedBull.com. “I think everyone would love to get this chance to be in the junior programme of a Formula One team.”
I think everyone would love to get this chance to be in the junior programme of a Formula One team.
The Dutchwoman has some big shoes to fill, joining the programme which has seen graduates such as Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne and of course reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel. “It's good as we can see the way they did it,” she explains. “So there is a good base we can work on.”
Beitske's passion for the sport was seen when she was just a toddler and like fellow junior team members Carlos Sainz and Tom Blomqvist, racing runs in the family. “My Dad used to race in Touring Cars and when I was three he took me to a race and I saw a little baby kart,” says Beitske. “I asked if I could drive it, he then thought I was too young but when I became five he got me a kart and from then on I started with karting.”
After impressing in karting, Beitske made the step-up to single-seater racing in the Formula ADAC series and took two victories in her very first season. The first victory was something special, not only coming at her home race in Zandvoort but after she fractured her back in a crash just two days previously. “The race in Zandvoort was definitely a highlight, to win after my big crash the day before.”
With two wins already under her belt, Beitske is expecting more in her second season with the Motopark team. “The goal is to win the championship this year so we're going to need some more wins for that.”
The ultimate goal is to become Formula One world champion.
There's yet to be a female race winner in Formula One but she isn't just there to make up the numbers.
“The ultimate goal is to become Formula One world champion,” she says. “But this is still far ahead. I focus on this year in ADAC now and then we will see what the next step is.