Oliver Bearman will start a multi-year contract with Haas in the 2025 F1 season; British driver impressed on his F1 debut as a stand-in for Ferrari at the Saudi Arabian GP;

Oliver Bearman will start a multi-year contract with Haas in the 2025 F1 season; British driver impressed on his F1 debut as a stand-in for Ferrari at the Saudi Arabian GP;

The 19-year-old Ferrari Academy driver made a hugely impressive F1 debut for the Italian team when standing in for Carlos Sainz at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in March.

Bearman’s signing with Haas had appeared likely since the team announced at the start of the season that he would feature in six practice sessions for them during the 2024 campaign, the third of which will take place at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

It’s hard to put into words just how much this means to me,” Bearman said. “To say out loud that I will be a Formula 1 driver for Haas makes me so immensely proud.

“To be one of the very few people who get to do the thing what they dreamed of as a child is something truly incredible.”

Bearman was signed to the Ferrari Driver Academy in November 2021, following the likes of current Scuderia driver Charles Leclerc in receiving practice outings for Haas through the teams’ long-standing relationship.

Along with serving as a reserve driver for Ferrari during the 2024 F1 season, Bearman is competing in his second Formula 2 campaign.

He collected his first win of the season in the Sprint event in Austria last weekend, adding to the four victories he claimed for Prema Racing last year.

Prior to reaching the F2 grid in 2023, Bearman won the 2021 Italian F4 Championship and 2021 ADAC F4 Championship, and competed in the Formula 3 Championship in 2022.

It’s an exciting thing to be able to give a young driver as talented as Oliver Bearman his first full-time seat in Formula 1,” Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu said. “He’s developed into an incredibly mature driver under the guidance of the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy and the world saw that for themselves when he was called in at the last minute to compete at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

“Oliver proved he was more than ready for the task, and we’ve seen that for ourselves running him in the Haas cars in our FP1 sessions over the past two seasons. We’re looking forward to further developing him as a driver and reaping the benefits of his talent – both inside and outside of the car.

“Oliver’s a great guy and a very welcome addition to the team when he joins us for the FP1 weekends. Now we know that relationship is going to be longer term, it’s a positive thing for all concerned.”

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