Oliver Bearman will join the F1 grid in 2025 with Haas

The 19-year-old’s impressive performance with Ferrari has fast-tracked his path to Formula 1

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With the Formula 1 driver market slowly coming together, Oliver Bearman is reportedly set to join Haas for the 2025 F1 campaign after an impressive debut race with Ferrari earlier in the 2024 season. 

This move will see the 19-year-old Essex native become the fourth British driver on the Formula 1 grid, alongside Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, and George Russell as he moved up form Formula 2 where is competing in 2024. 

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Bearman has signed a deal that will launch his Formula 1 career with Haas next year for a salary of between £250,000 and £300,000 per season. 

Currently a member of Ferrari’s driver academy, Bearman receives no salary for competing in Formula 2, with Ferrari covering his competition costs. An insider told the Daily Mail that Bearman could double his earnings in his second year at Haas if he performs well enough to retain his seat.

Oliver Bearman gets ready for his first F1 practice session at the 2023 Mexico City GP | Haas / Andy Hone / LAT Images
Oliver Bearman gets ready for his first F1 practice session at the 2023 Mexico City GP | Haas / Andy Hone / LAT Images

For Bearman, financial considerations are secondary to realising his childhood dream. The Chelmsford-born driver has long been on the path to a full-time race seat, a journey accelerated by his impressive debut in Saudi Arabia. 

Drafted in by Ferrari at short notice to replace Carlos Sainz, who was sidelined with appendicitis, Bearman excelled despite having only simulator experience with the car. He finished seventh, earning widespread praise, including from 1996 world champion Damon Hill, who declared, “A star is born”.

Bearman’s father, David, an insurance mogul, watched proudly from the Ferrari garage. After his brief stint in F1, Bearman returned to Formula 2 with Prema, currently sitting 13th in the standings. He likened driving F2 machinery to “driving a milk float” after experiencing the high-speed thrills of Formula 1.

Oliver Bearman leaves the Ferrari garage for his first F1 qualifying session, at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | @ScuderiaFerrari / X.com
Oliver Bearman leaves the Ferrari garage for his first F1 qualifying session, at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | @ScuderiaFerrari / X.com

Bearman’s Future with Haas

Bearman‘s promotion at Haas is seen as a reward for his bold decision in 2021 to move to Italy, against his mother Terri’s wishes, to be closer to Ferrari’s base in Maranello. At 16, he had already claimed the German and Italian Formula 4 titles. His move impressed Ferrari’s hierarchy with his maturity and skill.

Bearman reflected on his move to Italy, saying, “Maybe I got a bit lucky not to get the Essex accent. I spend a lot of time with Italians, so I have changed my word order and ended up with this ‘everywhere’ accent. Moving to Modena was like going to university two years early, but I have loved every moment,” 

During his first F1 practice session for Haas in Mexico last year, Haas‘ then-engineering director Ayao Komatsu commented, “I really could not fault him.” Bearman later participated in sessions at Abu Dhabi and Imola, further cementing his reputation.

With Nico Hulkenberg set to depart for Sauber next year, a seat opened up at Haas for Bearman. Kevin Magnussen‘s position is also under scrutiny, making Bearman‘s promotion seemingly inevitable.

John Smith
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