Frederik was born in Vejle, Denmark, in 2002 and has been racing since he was just eight years old. He has joined the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s junior programme as a new signing for the 2021 season.
“I’ve dreamed of being a Mercedes junior and worked so hard for it, for so many years and that motivation has lifted me every single day,” Fred said, on joining the junior team. “To now be working with Mercedes, the best team in the world, is a massive boost for my career and I am really looking forward to building a powerful relationship in the future.
“I admire Mercedes so much for their mentality and their hard-working attitude, which has helped them become so successful. They choose their junior drivers very carefully, so I am really excited to be part of the programme, working with them and developing as a driver. Thank you to Toto and the team for their trust in me and my future.”
Racing is in Fred’s blood, as his father previously competed in rallying and owned a team in Danish Formula Ford. After claiming back-to-back Danish Karting Championships in 2013 and 2014, in the Cadet Junior and KFJ classes, and winning the WSK Final Cup in KFJ in 2015, Fred moved up to single-seaters the following season in Danish Formula Ford with his father’s team, finishing fourth in the standings with two wins.
In 2017 he advanced up the single-seater ladder to Formula 4, competing in the Danish and ADAC series. He finished runner-up in the Danish Championship with eight wins and seventh in the ADAC standings with one win, remaining in the latter series for 2018 while also joining the Italian F4 grid for three races – winning two of them. Fred finished fourth and 10th respectively for Van Amersfoort Racing in the ADAC and Italian F4 standings and also made his Formula 3 debut that season, with three races in the European Championship and also an outing at the famous Macau Grand Prix.