Vivien Keszthelyi joins the Euroformula grid for the 2021 season with Team Motopark, continuing a long tradition of women drivers in the series.
The Hungarian racer started her career in touring cars, tasting success in Suzuki Swifts across Europe before switching to sportscars and earning an even greater haul of trophies in an Audi TT. Her first taste of single-seater racing came in 2019 when she drove in the Asian Formula 3 Winter Series, and in that same year she contested the all-female W Series and was a points scorer.
“The best way is to ‘talk’ on the track. It’s a performance-based industry, and I hope what they’ve seen so far has solidified their opinion of me,” said Keszthelyi, who has earned her seat with Motopark after several evaluatory tests during the off-season. “This is another huge step in my career, but the real hard work starts now.”
The 20-year-old will be the first Hungarian to race in Euroformula, and follows in the footsteps of Super Formula racer Tatiana Calderón, former Formula E driver and WTCC team manager Michela Cerruti, F1 testers Carmen Jordá and María de Villota, Le Mans 24 Hours finisher Natacha Gachnang and W Series Vicky Piria (among other) as women drivers in the series since its inception as Spanish Formula 3 in 2001.
“I am very pleased to welcome Vivien to the team for the 2021 season of Euroformula Open,” Motopark CEO Timo Rumpfkeil said. “We do have a long history of producing great results with female talents and we are looking forward to continue this with Vivien. We have performed some real good tests with Vivien during the winter 2020 and we are confident that we will support her with everything she needs for turning her evident talent into good results.”
Action picture by Miguel Reis