Oliver Bearman, the rising star in Formula 2, is set to continue his impressive trajectory in the world of Formula One as a reserve driver for Haas in the upcoming season. This role will see him providing support to Haas’s primary drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, while also furthering his own development within the sport.
Bearman, who is just 18 years old, has already made a significant impact in his rookie season in Formula 2. Racing with Prema Racing, he clinched four race victories and six podium finishes, securing a commendable sixth place in the championship standings. His achievements in F2 have not gone unnoticed, with Haas and its power unit partner, Ferrari, both recognising his potential.
In addition to his reserve duties, Bearman is poised for another full season in Formula 2 with Prema Racing, where he will aim to build on his success from last year. His involvement in Formula One also included participation in FP1 sessions with Haas in Mexico and Abu Dhabi last season, providing him with valuable experience in an F1 car.
Bearman’s commitment to Formula One was further evidenced when he recently took part in a Pirelli tyre test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, driving the 2022-specification Ferrari F1-75. This experience is invaluable for a young driver like Bearman, offering him a taste of the pinnacle of motorsport and preparing him for future opportunities.
Expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming season, Bearman stated, “I’m really happy to be part of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team for the upcoming season. I had a great experience last year working with everyone at the team and I’m looking forward to building on that this year.”
He also highlighted the exciting prospect of participating in FP1 sessions alongside his reserve driver duties, saying, “There are several events I’ll be doing FP1s at – alongside the reserve duties, which is exciting. I’m grateful to Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari for their faith and for supporting me.”
New Haas Team Principal Ayao Komatsu also commended Bearman’s contributions, noting, “Oliver did a tremendous job for us last season settling in well and working through both his FP1 run programs in Mexico and Abu Dhabi and then with his test program.”
Komatsu further emphasized the importance of providing Bearman with more opportunities to drive in FP1 sessions in 2024, acknowledging that this exposure is crucial for his ongoing development as a Formula 1 driver.
Bearman’s dual role as a Formula 2 competitor and a Formula 1 reserve driver sets the stage for an exciting and challenging year ahead. With the continued support of Haas and Ferrari, Oliver Bearman is poised to make the most of these opportunities, further cementing his status as one of motorsport’s most promising talents.
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