British driver Oliver Bearman will be joining the Haas F1 team to gain first-hand experience of how the team functions, leveraging the Qatar Grand Prix weekend as an opportunity to immerse himself in the team’s workings. The budding racer, currently in his first season with Prema Racing in Formula 2, has already secured four victories.
Similarly to previous Ferrari youth drivers such as Mick Schumacher, Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Robert Shwartzman, Bearman will now also get to familiarize himself with Haas, Ferrari‘s partner team.
Excited about the chance, Bearman was quoted as saying, “I am so happy to be joining MoneyGram Haas F1 Team driving in Mexico and Abu Dhabi. Getting to Formula 1 has been my dream since I was go-karting, so to be driving a car for the first time this year is really special.” He expressed his gratitude to his team as well as Ferrari for providing him with this invaluable opportunity.
Bearman, a bright star emerging from the Ferrari Driver Academy, joined in November 2021, following triumphant campaigns in the Italian and ADAC F4 championships that year. After securing third place overall in the FIA F3 the previous year, Bearman ascended to F2 this season and is currently ranked sixth, with four of his victories including a sprint/feature double in Baku and feature races at Barcelona and Monza.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is confident in Bearman’s capability to adapt to the elevated performance level of a F1 car. He expressed his pleasure over Bearman’s joining and said, “He’s had a stellar rookie season in Formula 2, four wins is testament to that, and as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy – we know his background preparation coming into these weekends will be first-rate. We look forward to welcoming Oliver into the team and have him drive the VF-23.”
According to F1 regulations, it is required for each team to afford a rookie driver (those with no more than two Grand Prix starts), two FP1 sessions in the span of the season.