Ferrari protégé, Ollie Bearman starts at Haas in 2025

Four months after his resoundingly successful stint at the wheel of a Ferrari in Jeddah, Oliver Bearman was made official by Haas this Thursday. The Briton has signed a multi-year contract and will drive for the American team from 2025.

Published on 04/07/2024 à 10:00

Jeremy Satis

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Ferrari protégé, Ollie Bearman starts at Haas in 2025

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His successful coup on the Jeddah Corniche (March 9) at the wheel of a Ferrari that he had only discovered in Free Practice 3 following the last minute withdrawal of Carlos Sainz could not remain without tomorrow. Almost qualified in Q3 that weekend before finishing 7th in the Grand Prix by stringing together impressive times given the circumstances, the Briton made his mark by becoming the youngest Ferrari driver (18 years, 10 months, 1 day) to take the start of a Grand Prix, and the third in the history of the discipline after Max Verstappen et Lance stroll.

Despite a difficult season in Formula 2 (14th, 28 points), the Prema Racing driver nevertheless managed to convince Haas to give him a steering wheel. Its membership in the Ferrari Driver Academy, naturally, was a significant boost, particularly since the American team has strengthened its ties with the Scuderia by investing in offices in Maranello for part of the technical team. By joining Haas, Ollie Bearman will therefore bring the number of British drivers on the grid to 4, with Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell, or 20% of the grid, and even 25% if we count Alex Albon.

Ollie Bearman, a nice junior CV

From 2025, it will therefore digitally replace Nico Hulkenberg, the German having signed with Sauber/Audi. Haas announced, without specifying the duration, that it was a multi-year lease for the 19-year-old. Despite his commitment to Formula 2 for a second year, a year after having had a very good rookie season (6th), Oliver Bearman is also the official reserve driver of the Kannapolis team this season. After taking the wheel of the VF-24 at Imola and Barcelona in FP1, he will be back in the cockpit at Silverstone this weekend, then in Hungary, Mexico and Abu Dhabi, to accumulate more driving time in sight of 2025.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer a young driver as talented as Oliver Bearman his first full-time seat in Formula 1, said Ayao Komatsu, director of the MoneyGram Haas F1 team. He has become an incredibly mature driver under the guidance of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the world saw it firsthand when he was called up at the last minute to compete in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Oliver has proven that he is more than ready for this task, and we have seen it ourselves by racing him in Haas cars in our EL1 sessions over the past two seasons. » 

Who to accompany him?

The Briton, with an impressive junior CV (double F4 champion in 2021, 3rd in FIA F3 in 2022), he was over the moon to validate his ticket for F1, making his childhood dream come true. “It’s hard to express in words what this means to me, declared Oliver Bearman. Saying out loud that I will be a Formula 1 driver for the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team makes me immensely proud. To be one of the few people who can do what they dreamed of as a child is something truly incredible.”

And Bearman continues. “To Gene, Ayao and everyone at Haas, thank you for believing in me and trusting me to represent your team. I have really enjoyed working with everyone since the first time we met in Mexico and I look forward to enjoying this time with them and hopefully many more in the future . » The Briton now has a season to finish in F2 and a reputation to restore. Without the pressure of results. A characteristic that can be double-edged…

However, we still do not know the identity of the driver who will accompany Ollie Bearman on the grid next year within the American team. Kevin Magnussen, who is reaching the end of his contract, has little chance of being retained. In recent weeks it has been Esteban Ocon who seemed to be holding the rope. But the Habs are very popular with teams that are not yet complete. It would indeed seem that Williams has really entered the dance to sign the Norman since Carlos Sainz received an offer ofAlpine to which he is not insensitive at all. To know Bearman's teammate, you will have to wait a little longer.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

04/07/2024 at 10:36 a.m.

News that isn't really news, it seemed to have been written several months ago! Now, bets are on to see who will replace KMag in 2025

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