Official: Oliver Bearman will join Haas for 2025 F1 season

Nico Hulkenberg is leaving Haas at the end of the current F1 season and will be replaced by Oliver Bearman in 2025

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Oliver Bearman will join Haas for the 2025 Formula 1 season, the American F1 team have confirmed. Bearman, currently a reserve driver for the team and a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will make his full-time debut with Haas next season on a multi-year contract.

The 19-year-old from Chelmsford is currently competing in the Formula 2 Championship for Prema Racing, where he recently clinched his first win of the 2024 season in Austria. 

Bearman also made his Formula 1 debut in March this year, substituting for Carlos Sainz at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and finished seventh, making him the third-youngest driver in F1 history.

“It’s an exciting thing to be able to give a young driver as talented as Oliver Bearman his first full-time seat in Formula 1,” said Ayao Komatsu, Team Principal of Haas, in a statement. 

“He’s developed into an incredibly mature driver under the guidance of the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy and the world saw that for themselves when he was called in at the last minute to compete at the Saudi Arabian GP. 

“Oliver proved he was more than ready for the task, and we’ve seen that for ourselves running him in the Haas cars in our FP1 sessions over the past two seasons. 

“We’re looking forward to further developing him as a driver and reaping the benefits of his talent – both inside and outside of the car.”

Oliver Bearman will race for Haas in the 2025 F1 season | Haas F1 Team
Oliver Bearman will race for Haas in the 2025 F1 season | Haas F1 Team

Bearman’s Path to Formula 1

Bearman’s journey to Formula 1 has been marked by significant achievements. He was signed to the Ferrari Driver Academy in November 2021, following in the footsteps of notable graduates like Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher

His impressive record includes winning both the Italian and ADAC F4 Championships in 2021 and competing in the Formula 3 Championship in 2022.

Bearman has also been involved with the Haas F1 Team since 2023, participating in two FP1 sessions in Mexico and Abu Dhabi. This season, he has been an official reserve driver for Haas, taking part in six FP1 sessions, including the upcoming 2024 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

“It’s hard to put into words just how much this means to me. To say out loud that I will be a Formula 1 driver for MoneyGram Haas F1 Team makes me so immensely proud,” Bearman said. 

Oliver Bearman during 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office
Oliver Bearman during the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

“To be one of the very few people who get to do the thing what they dreamed of as a child is something truly incredible. To Gene, Ayao and everyone at Haas, thank you for believing in me and for 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. 

“To Fred, Marco, Jock, Alessandro and everyone at the Ferrari Driver Academy, quite simply, I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for preparing me since F4 for this incredible opportunity and know I will give it everything I have.”

Bearman’s signing marks a significant milestone for Haas as they continue to foster young talent and build a competitive lineup for the future. The team, currently seventh in the F1 Constructors’ Championship, will look to leverage Bearman’s potential as they aim for higher standings in the upcoming seasons.

Gene Haas and Oliver Bearman | Haas F1 Team
Gene Haas and Oliver Bearman | Haas F1 Team

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to give Oliver Bearman this opportunity to drive full-time in Formula 1 – he’s undoubtedly an exciting rookie prospect, not just based on what he showed in Saudi Arabia but also through his time developing his relationship with our team,” Gene Haas, Team Owner of the Haas F1 Team, added. 

“I’m personally excited to see how he grows as a driver, and we look forward to seeing him deliver for MoneyGram Haas F1 Team next season and beyond. This is an exciting time for the team. Oliver’s signing shows we continue to invest in talent – both on and off-track – as we continue to compete at the highest level.”

As the British Grand Prix at Silverstone approaches, Bearman will continue his development with the team, participating in his third FP1 session of the season, with additional sessions planned for Hungary, Mexico, and Abu Dhabi.

John Smith
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