Formula 2 star Oliver Bearman has divulged acritical piece of advice he received from Haas veterans Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen before completing his Formula 1 practice debut at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix.
This week’s final event in Abu Dhabi will see several teams complete their mandatory young driver requirement in FP1, with Bearman back in the Haas after his first outing in Mexico.
In Mexico, Bearman stepped into Magnussen‘s car and impressed many by setting the 15th fastest time of the session, less than three-tenths behind Hulkenberg and finishing quickest of the rookies.
“My first goal was just to have a clean session, and we did that, which is the main thing,” revealed Bearman. “So I’m really happy to have just delivered a clean session.
“But second of all, I got up to speed quite fast, I felt I had a really good confidence with the car. There’s always a few things it was my first time on the softs.
“I will do better the second time. They [Hulkenberg and Magnussen] gave me some pointers for this track because it’s quite unique with the altitude.
“They were just telling me to take it easy build up to it because the grip is quite low to start with. But, they were really helpful and gave as many pointers as they could.”
A promising sophomore F2 campaign the main goal for 2024
At 18 years old, Bearman has become one of the brightest stars in junior racing, winning the Italian and German Formula 4 championships in 2021 and finishing third in Formula 3 in 2022.
In his first year in F2, Bearman has won four times, which included a clean sweep of the Baku meeting, which saw him qualify on pole position before taking victories in the Sprint and the Feature races.
With several drivers out of the contract at the end of 2024, Bearman will need a successful sophomore F2 season to secure one of only 20 seats on the F1 grid.
“I believe that I have what it takes in my mind, there’s no doubt about that. But that’s not all you need to get to F1”, Bearman confidently said.
“There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes. I [have] just got to keep focusing on myself.
“I have to do a good job next year in F2. If that’s enough, that’s enough. If it’s not, I don’t know what to say.”