Ferrari Driver Academy member Oliver Bearman drove a Formula 1 car for the first ever time today at the Fiorano test track ahead of his practice outings with Haas at two upcoming grands prix.
Bearman is currently in his rookie F2 season, and four wins and three poles to date from 12 rounds has put him in contention to be championship runner-up with two races to go. Last year he took one win en route to third in the standings in his sole FIA Formula 3 season, and in 2021 won the ADAC and Italian Formula 4 titles as well as claiming a victory in GB3.
The 18-year-old will make his first appearance in an official F1 practice session with Haas at the Mexican Grand Prix, and return for them at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. His appearances will ensure the team meets its quota of running inexperienced drivers in two practice sessions across the season. There were several months of rumours connecting Bearman to such a role with Haas before the team finally confirmed it last week.
Haas use Ferrari engines, and a close technical relationship exists between the two teams although they do not have a history of sharing drivers.
While his F1 commitments are expected to increase in 2024, Bearman has already confirmed he will be spending a second season racing in F2.
This article will be updated.
2023 F1 season
- First week viewing figures for new Drive to Survive season fall again
- Max who? Drive to Survive season six prefers its favourite faces
- RaceFans’ complete 2023 season review
- The F1 drivers who pulled off the 10 biggest charges through the field in 2023
- Alpine ended season ‘operating at a much higher level’ – Gasly