Ferrari junior, Oliver Bearman will drive for Haas in FP1 at 2023 Mexico and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
Bearman is currently in his rookie season in F2 and lies sixth in the standings with four victories – including a Sprint and Feature Race double in Baku, Azerbaijan, alongside three pole positions – with only Bearman’s PREMA teammate, Frederik Vesti having won more races this season.
The 18 year-old has consequently impressed bosses at Ferrari and Haas enough to earn two FP1 outings for the latter constructor, which will see him participate in an official F1 session on a race weekend for the first time.
“I am so happy to be joining MoneyGram Haas F1 Team driving in Mexico and Abu Dhabi,” commented Bearman on his first opportunities to drive a F1 car in an official session on a race weekend.
Bearman went on to praise Haas and Ferrari for providing him with this chance as he added: “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.
“I’m grateful to the team, and of course Ferrari, for allowing me this chance. 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 added that the team are “very happy” to offer Bearman two FP1 outings in their F1 car.
Steiner also addressed Bearman’s impressive rookie season as he continued: “He’s had a stellar rookie season in Formula 2, four wins is testament to that, and as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy – we know his background preparation coming into these weekends will be first-rate.”
Bearman will make his F1 bow in FP1 at Mexico City GP on 27 October whilst Vesti will also be participating in that particular session for Mercedes, with the Brit’s second FP1 outing for Haas coming on 24 November at Abu Dhabi.