Oliver Bearman, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2024

Official: Ferrari junior Bearman gets full-time Haas F1 drive for 2025

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Ferrari junior driver Oliver Bearman will join the F1 grid as a full time race driver in 2025 with Haas.

The 19-year-old is the first driver the team has confirmed for the 2025 F1 season. He has joined them on a “multi-year” deal.

Bearman said he was “immensely proud” to have secured his F1 debut in his fifth season of racing after graduating from karts. “It’s hard to put into words just how much this means to me,” said the driver.

“To be one of the very few people who get to do the thing what they dreamed of as a child is something truly incredible.”

Bearman made a surprise grand prix debut earlier this season in Saudi Arabia when called to step in to replace Carlos Sainz Jnr after the Ferrari driver developed appendicitis. Despite having only one hour of practice in the SF-24, Bearman qualified in 11th before climbing to finish in seventh.

He will be the first rookie to drive for the team since it began the 2021 season with two newcomers, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, both of which were out of the sport by the end of the following year. Ayao Komatsu, who took over as Haas team principal at the beginning of this year, has high hopes for Bearman.

“He’s developed into an incredibly mature driver under the guidance of the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy and the world saw that for themselves when he was called in at the last minute to compete at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix,” said Komatsu. “Oliver proved he was more than ready for the task, and we’ve seen that for ourselves running him in the Haas cars in our [first practice] sessions over the past two seasons.”

Oliver Bearman, Ferrari, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, 2024
Biography: Oliver Bearman
Bearman will make his third appearance in an official practice for the team this year at Silverstone tomorrow. He will return for the team in Hungary and again in Mexico and Abu Dhabi, where he also drove for them last year.

He is currently competing in his second season in Formula 2 with Prema alongside Mercedes prospect Andrea Kimi Antonelli. Bearman scored his first win of the season in the sprint race at the Red Bull Ring last week, but lies only 12th in the championship. He was unable to compete in Jeddah, despite having taken pole position for the feature race, when he substituted for Sainz.

Although Haas is yet to confirm the identity of Bearman’s team mate, it will not be current driver Nico Hulkenberg, who will leave the team at the end of the season to join Sauber before their transition to Audi in 2026.

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9 comments on “Official: Ferrari junior Bearman gets full-time Haas F1 drive for 2025”

  1. Excellent. Looking forward to seeing how he does.

  2. As expected, although I assumed the formal announcement would come tomorrow before FP1, but close enough.
    In all likelihood, either Ocon or Bottas will be his teammate, i.e., a direct replacement for Magnussen as Bearman is, of course, a direct successor for Hulkenberg.

  3. Always good to see genuine young talent filling a seat rather than some rich kid paying for it.

    I just wish Sainz would hurry up and decide what he’s doing.

    1. August Noto
      4th July 2024, 14:28

      Many reasons why people drive in pro racing other than parent’s money:
      a. Marketing – Zhao Guanyu (Chinese market)
      b. Sponsorship – Perez (brings lots of sponsorship money)
      c. Nationality – Hulkenberg goes to Audi/Sauber (Audi wants a German driver)
      – Tsunoda (Honda wants a Japanese driver)
      d. Investment – Stroll is staying at AM (Dad is spending millions to invest in Aston Martin F1 and car company)

  4. This is great news. I can see him being an easy replacement for Ferrari Hamilton in 2026/2027.

    It’s great to have such a strong line up of British drivers at the moment. Norris & Russell are easily capable of winning a WDC if they get the right car and Bearman will join that list in a couple of years too.

    1. We’ll see, he didn’t really achieve much in F2. He was a solid replacement in F1 (not perfect, didn’t look better than Lawson for sure), but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a bad replacement driver performance.

      1. ? I can think of a few – even excluding pay to play.

  5. Great to see him on the grid. Hopefully the first of a few talented newcomers this year.

  6. Not a big fan of manufacturers pushing their talent on customer teams.

    That said, it’s great to see new drivers in F1. The current grid is very stale.

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