Ferrari academy driver Oliver Bearman will participate in two first practice sessions with Haas at the Mexican and Abu Dhabi grands prix.Monza early last month.
All 10 Formula 1 teams are obliged under the regulations to provide opportunities for so-called ‘young drivers’ to participate in Friday practice sessions twice in the 2023 season – once for each car they run.
Bearman will drive a Formula 1 car for the first time for Haas, a team with strong ties with Ferrari, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez during the opening practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix at the end of the month. He will then be handed a second opportunity at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Haas have not confirmed which of their two drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, will step aside for Bearman for either round.
Bearman said he was grateful to Haas and Ferrari for providing hm the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car.
“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,” Bearman said.
“I’m working hard to make sure I’m ready to support the team as best I can on both occasions.”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said he was happy to afford the opportunity to Bearman.
“He’s had a stellar rookie season in Formula 2, four wins is testament to that,” Steiner said. “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.”
Bearman will be embedded with the Haas team for this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix at the Lusail circuit, but will not drive the VF-23 during practice.
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