Scuderia Ferrari junior, Oliver Bearman will race for PREMA in 2023 F2 season.
Bearman this season finished third in FIA Formula 3 with one win and seven further podiums amidst frustrating stewarding decisions against him across the campaign, yet managed to finish just seven points off eventual champion – Victor Martins.
Speaking about his decision to stay with PREMA as he prepares to graduate to F2 next season Bearman said that he is “really excited” to stay with the Italian team for another season.
Bearman proceeded to reflect on his F3 campaign as he added: “I’m really happy with how my first season went in F3. It was a really nice introduction and I felt like the team coached me throughout the year really well.”
As a member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy, Bearman is currently conducting preparation ahead of next season, which he admits “will be a tough challenge, but everyone works so hard and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Bearman will drive for PREMA in the 2022 post-season test at Abu Dhabi next week following Dennis Hauger’s move to MP Motorsport.
PREMA Team Principal, Rene Rosin added that Bearman had impressed the team with his transition from F4 to F3, having won ADAC and Italian F4 titles last season and quickly began fighting for a win in his first F3 race only to be denied by a harsh penalty for track limits.
Rosin nevertheless believes Bearman will be able to deliver in F2 as he commented: “He is a really talented driver, and while he will be making his first steps in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, we are confident he will improve race by race with the support of our team and the Ferrari Driver Academy as well.”
2022 though has seen PREMA struggle in F2 with only three race victories compared to eight wins in 2021, which has led Rosin to admit that Bearman won’t find life in F2 “easy” but is “confident in his potential for the season ahead.”