Brave / Racer / Agile / Dynamic
Brad is an enthusiastic, dynamic and dedicated young man with a passion for speed. His vision is to introduce kart driving to all teenagers around the world, helping them become safe drivers and minimize traffic accidents worldwide. He hopes to accomplish this by using the influence he will gain as a professional Formula 1 driver.
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Brad Benavides was born in South Florida, USA on July 20, 2001.
Brad has been racing in one form or another since he was only a few months old. He started swimming competitively at age 5, following the footsteps of his father, an Olympic swimmer. His weekends with his family were full of the speedy excitement of offshore boat racing. Furthermore, Brad’s family has always been around fast cars. At the age of 11 while temporarily living in Guatemala, he was introduced to karting. Brad loved karting so much that he eventually shifted his focus away from swimming to dedicate more time to karting.
Due to his great talent and hard work, Brad got remarkable results in kart racing. His family moved to South Spain at age 16 so Brad could devote more time to motorsports. After several years of kart racing at a world-class level, Brad migrated to single-seat motorsports racing. In October 2018, he debuted in the Formula single-seat cars at the Formula 1 race track of Barcelona, Spain with the famous Campos Racing team. In 2019, he participated in the Renault Formula 3 European Championship with the new team assembled by Formula 1 driver, Fernando Alonso.
During 2020, COVID pandemic restrictions prevented Brad from participating in motorsports. However, 2021 became the year of preparation in the formula’s global motorsports arena for Brad. He started his ambitious quest to secure a Formula 1 seat by 2024. He spent the first half of the 2021 season in the Formula Regional European Championship before switching to Euroformula Open in the second half of the year. He finished in the top 10 in eight out of his nine races with Carlin. The British team then ran him in their F3 machinery on Days 1 and 3 of post-season testing at Valencia at the end of 2021, where he impressed Carlin enough to earn a seat on their 2022 Formula 3 FIA team.
Brad Benavides jumps to Formula 2 with the Charouz Racing System team. The American will debut in the silver category for the 2023 season.
Benavides finalized the 2022 season in F3 with very good results in the last rounds of the championship. The final touch was put last week in the Formula 2 post- season official tests at the Yas Marina Circuit, in Abu Dhabi, with the Charouz Racing System team.
It’s been three days in which the 21-year-old driver has finalized his improvements and found out where the potential lies. “I felt very comfortable with the car and enjoyed it a lot. We have gathered a lot of positive information. Now I’m focused on what’s to come”.
Benavides is very grateful to the team and his main sponsor, AIX Investment Group, for this great opportunity and he is looking forward to start the F2 season which, for the first time in its history, will travel to Australia:
On both a personal and professional level, Brad pushes for a sustainable world where professional sports like Formula 1 contribute awareness and responsibility for a better world. He invests his weekly leisure time following his life’s mission: supporting and providing kart driving lessons for students from ages 8 to 17. Additionally, Brad also enjoys playing video games in his spare time.