Ollie Bearman Joins the F1 Elite: Lands Full-Time Seat with Haas for 2025

The Haas Formula One team has announced that it would elevate reserve driver Ollie Bearman to a race seat in 2025, with the 19-year-old signing a multi-year contract.

14º colocado na F2, Ollie Bearman é confirmado como titular da Haas em 2025

Bearman is in his second Formula 2 season, and after winning last weekend at the Red Bull Ring, he is presently 14th in the standings, averaging two points per race in the first half of the season.

“It’s difficult to put into words how much this means to me.” “To say out loud that I will be a Formula One driver for Haas makes me extremely proud,” Bearman stated.

“To be one of the rare people who can achieve their childhood dreams is simply fantastic. Thank you, Gene [Haas], Ayao [Komatsu, team principal], and everyone at Haas, for believing in me and trusting me to represent your team.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone since the first time we met in Mexico and I can’t wait to enjoy this moment with them and hopefully many more in the future.”

Bearman finished sixth in F2 last year, with four wins, and third in the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship. He began his automobile racing career with two years in Formula 4, winning the ADAC and Italian championships, and prior to F3, he ran part-time GB3 and Formula Regional Asian Championship campaigns, winning the former and finishing third in the latter.

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The Briton joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in November 2021 after competing in the Scouting World Final, and he made his F1 debut in October at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Later that month, he made his free practice debut with Haas at the Mexico City Grand Prix, and he also drove for them in FP1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In January, he was hired as a reserve driver at Ferrari, followed by a similar job at Haas in February. Since then, he has made his F1 racing debut with the former, replacing the ill Carlos Sainz Jr at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and scored six points by finishing eighth, before driving in FP1 at the Emilia Romagna and Spanish Grand Prix with the latter. He is presently 14th in the Formula One standings.

Gene Haas, the team’s eponymous owner, commented: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to give Oliver Bearman this opportunity to drive full-time in F1 – he’s undoubtedly an exciting rookie prospect, not only based on what he demonstrated in Saudi Arabia but also through his time developing his relationship with our team.

“I’m personally excited to see how he develops as a driver, and we hope to see him deliver for Haas next season and beyond.” This is a very exciting time for the team. Oliver’s signing demonstrates how we continue to invest in talent, both on and off the track, as we compete at the highest level.”