David began his professional karting career in 2008, competing in ADAC Kart Masters with the Bambini B kart. In his first race, he finished in 3rd. From here, he had a very successful karting career up to single seaters. In 2009, he had two 1sts in DMV Landesmeisterschaft and ADAC Kart Masters. Then in 2011, Beckmann finished 5th in Belgian Championship with the KF5 kart and 4th in the Euro Wintercup with the KF3. In the following year, he won Bridgestone Cup Europe, 10th in the ADAC Kart Masters, 1st in DMV Kart Championship and 6th in Euro Wintercup, all in the KF3 kart. For 2013, David won in German Junior Kart Championship, 4th in the South Garda Winter Cup and 3rd in WSK Euro Series with the KFJ. For his final year in karting, Beckmann classified 1st in the Deutsche Junior Kart Meisterschaft, came 5th in the CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Championship and 10th in South Garda Winter Cup.
For the move up to single seaters, he raced in both Italian Formula 4 with Mücke Motorsport and ADAC Formula 4 with ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg (or Mücke Motorsport). For Italian Formula 4, he did the first 6 rounds of the championship. Despite missing the final round, he finished in 4th with 176 points, behind Robert Shwartzman. Beckmann picked up 3 wins in Vallelunga Race 2, Imola Round 1 Race 2 and Adria Race 1. In total, he got 7 podiums, 4 fastest laps and 2 pole positions. In ADAC Formula 4, David missed the first round but remained for the rest of the season. He managed to achieve a win in Hockenheim Race 2 and 4 podiums in Austria Race 3 and the entirety of Hockenheim’s 3 race weekend. Once again, Beckmann finished behind Shwartzman but this time in 5th with 166 points.
FIA Formula 3 Championship
David made the step up to Formula 3 European with Mücke Motorsport again, competing alongside Mikkel Jensen, racing in the 3rd to 10th rounds. His best position that season was 3rd in Zandvoort Round 3 and Hockenheim Round 2. With 67 points under his name, Beckmann finished his Formula 3 debut in 15th. He was also invited to the Masters of Formula 3, where he finished 9th in the qualifying race and 10th in the final classification race. Similar to Masters of Formula 3, he was also invited to Macau Grand Prix with the same team. Beckmann finished 13th in the qualifying race behind Pedro Piquet and in the main race, he finished 19th.
He made his return to Formula 3 European with Van Amersfoort Racing for the first 3 rounds and Motopark with the rest. It wasn’t a so successful season, earning 5th as his highest 3 times and 6th. Overall, he earned 45 points, putting him in 16th behind Tadasuke Makino.
Instead of returning to Formula 3 European, he went to GP3’s final season before it would be joined with Formula 3 European. Beckmann joined Jenzer Motorsport for the first 4 rounds, where he finished twice in the points paying positions of 6th in Barcelona and 8th in Austria. He then moved to Trident, replacing Alessio Lorandi. This was a successful move, winning the Spa Feature Race, Monza Feature Race and Sochi Sprint Race and coming 2nd in Yas Marina Feature Race. With 137 points under David’s name, he finished 5th in the standings behind Leonardo Pulcini and ahead of Pedro Piquet.
For 2019, he joined Formula 3’s inaugural season, competing with ART Grand Prix with Max Fewtrell and Christian Lundgaard. He competed in all rounds except the last where he withdrew for personal reasons. With a highly competitive grid, Beckmann managed to achieve 20 points, putting him in 14th. His highest result was Barcelona de Catalunya’s Feature Race with 4th position.
For the 2020 season, David Beckmann wasn’t originally contracted to Trident, but he was announced within the entry list of Austria, replacing Devlin DeFrancesco, therefore racing with the car 11. He will be driving alongside Lirim Zendeli and Olli Caldwell.