Ferrari have signed Oliver Bearman and Rafael Camara to their Driver Academy for next season.
Bearman’s move into Ferrari’s Driver Academy (FDA) comes after the 16 year-old Brit enjoyed a stellar 2021 campaign as he became the driver to ever achieve the Italian and ADAC F4 title double, whilst also collecting 18 wins, nine podiums and 13 pole positions across both series and selected GB3 rounds.
Speaking about his opportunity to join Ferrari’s Driver Academy, Bearman said: “I am really happy to have been selected to join the Ferrari Driver Academy. It is a great way to end what has been a really good racing season for me.”
Bearman’s selection comes after a successful FDA Scouting World Finals outing last month with the Brit proud of his participation in the competition, adding: “Just spending a week in Maranello was in itself an amazing experience, especially getting to drive at the Fiorano track.
Now, I can’t wait to start working at the Academy and to be part of the Ferrari family and to see what the future holds for me.”
Bearman is also currently one of four finalists competing to be crowned BRDC Young Driver of the Year alongside Jonny Edgar, Louis Foster and Zak O’Sullivan, plus is the second Brit to join the FDA after Callum Ilott who is now Alfa Romeo’s Test Driver.
Head of Ferrari Driver Academy, Marco Matassa explained why Bearman was selected as he released the following statement; “During the days spent at Maranello and Fiorano, Bearman showed all the aptitude he so clearly demonstrated during his Formula 4 season.
“Apart from his basic speed, he has other important qualities, such as the ability to give good feedback to the engineers, as well as understanding in which areas he can improve, while putting into practice what he was told to do before going out on track for the first time.”
Camara meanwhile has impressed in Karting this season with victories at WSK Champions Cup and WSK Super Masters Cup alongside numerous podiums, with the Brazilian receiving recommendation from Escuderia Telmex who are a supporter of F1 race winner – Sergio Perez.
Explaining why Camara was chosen to join the team despite his limited experience of a single-seater car, Ferrari described his performance at the Scouting World Finals as ‘outstanding’ and is the third Brazilian to sign for the team’s young driver programme after ex members, Enzo Fittipaldi and Gianluca Petecof.
Camara meanwhile was “very happy” to sign for Ferrari as he described his chance as “a unique opportunity” and has vowed to repay the belief shown in him by Ferrari.
Matassa added that Camara had shown “natural speed at the wheel,” with intelligent understanding of braking and quick learning, despite his limited experience with single-seater cars.