Emilia Romagna GP: Oliver Bearman Focused on Seizing the “big Opportunity” to Secure the 2025 Haas F1 Spot in Training at Imola - Latest Global News

Emilia Romagna GP: Oliver Bearman Focused on Seizing the “big Opportunity” to Secure the 2025 Haas F1 Spot in Training at Imola

British teenager Oliver Bearman says the six Formula 1 practice sessions he will drive for Haas this season provide “great opportunities” to prove he is ready for a seat in 2025.

Bearman, who turned 19 in early May, made a hugely impressive F1 debut when he finished seventh in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix for Ferrari after replacing Carlos Sainz at short notice.

Haas, for whom Bearman made his F1 training debut in Mexico last season, is yet to fill one of the spots for next year. The announcement of Nico Hulkenberg’s departure to Sauber means the American team needs at least one new driver.

Bearman is already considered perhaps the best contender for that spot, and the Ferrari Academy driver can further back up his claims when he drives in first practice at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Live on Sky Sports on Friday at 12.30pm.

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Take a look at the best moments from Bearman’s debut race weekend for Ferrari, where he stole the show with a brilliant seventh place finish

“I see it as my opportunity, of course,” Bearman told reporters in Imola on Thursday. “But just because a seat is available doesn’t mean I’m entitled to it.”

“I still need to go out and earn good performances in Formula 2, but most importantly I need to perform well in the six FPs I do and show that I’m ready to step into Formula 1 next year.”

Despite impressing in Saudi Arabia on a weekend where he secured the Formula 2 pole before being called up by Ferrari, Bearman endured a disappointing start to his second season in the junior category.

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Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and George Russell pay tribute to Bearman, who successfully took the place of Carlos Sainz and secured P7 at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The Chelmsford-born driver says he needs to excel in both F1 training and his F2 races to back up his elite qualities and is not yet giving up his championship hopes in the latter.

He said: “Of course I was set back in Formula 2, but that doesn’t mean that everything is possible to begin with. Now we are in the European season, where we know the tracks and understand the car a little better.

“So I don’t see any reason why we can’t fight for the championship in F2 and I’m really motivated to do so. But these six FPs are of course six great opportunities to demonstrate my talent and skills.”

“I don’t put more emphasis on it than on Formula 2, because of course you have to show that you can keep up and race well. Formula 1 is not just about setting the fastest lap. So 50:50.”

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Naomi Schiff believes that with so many drivers out of contract at the end of this season, Bearman’s involvement in Ferrari’s debut at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will ensure he is on every team’s radar

“I can help Haas with Ferrari experience”

Bearman had just one training session to prepare for his full F1 debut in Jeddah after Sainz was diagnosed with appendicitis on the morning of qualifying.

The Brit understandably failed to maximize the speed of a competitive Ferrari as he only qualified 11th, but put in an extremely solid performance on Sunday and progressed in the race.

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Bearman makes a good impression early on in the Ferrari, having made several overtaking maneuvers in a lively Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

While he is aware that the differences between the Jeddah road circuit and a classic F1 circuit like Imola will limit the similarities, Bearman is already thinking about how his Ferrari experience can help Haas develop its 2024 car.

“The only thing is that Saudi Arabia is a slightly different track, it’s a bit of an outlier because the grip level is so high,” he said. “So I think every car in Saudi Arabia is a big step away from going back to a more conventional track.”

“So that’s the only point, but now that I’ve had the experience of driving a Ferrari, I think it’s quite useful even for Ferrari at home, driving the old car and in the simulator, but hopefully “I can do it for Haas too.” Give some input and notice the differences between the cars.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell congratulate debutant Bearman on an impressive seventh place in the Ferrari

With Formula 2 having only held a single race in Australia since his Formula 1 appearance in Saudi Arabia, Bearman has had plenty of time to think about his debut but insists the experience has given him motivation to return to Formula 1. just increased.

“It was a bit like returning home. I got a taste of the great life in Formula 1,” he said.

“If anything it has motivated me more, I want to get back to Formula 1 as soon as possible. It was difficult to come back, but if anything I’m more motivated now and more hungry to come back.”

The Emilia Romagna GP live schedule from Sky Sports F1

Friday, May 17th
8:50 a.m.: F3 practice
10 a.m.: F2 training
12 p.m.: First GP training in Emilia Romagna (meeting starts at 12.30 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.: F3 qualification
2:55 p.m.: F2 qualifying
3:45 p.m.: Second GP training in Emilia Romagna (meeting starts at 4 p.m.)
5:30 p.m.: The F1

Formula 1 will visit Europe for the first time in 2024 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola

Saturday May 18th
9 a.m.: F3 sprint
11:15 a.m.: Third GP training in Emilia Romagna (meeting starts at 11:30 a.m.)
1:10 p.m.: F2 sprint
2.10 p.m.: Preparation for the Emilia Romagna GP qualifying
3:00 p.m.: Emilia Romagna GP qualification
5:00 p.m.: Ted’s Qualification Notebook
5:30 p.m.: Indy 500 qualifying

Sunday, May 19th
7.30am: F3 feature race
9am: F2 feature race
12:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: Preparation for the Emilia Romagna GP
4 p.m.: Checkered flag: Reaction of the Emilia Romagna GP
5 p.m.: Ted’s notebook
8:00 p.m.: Indy 500 qualifying

Formula 1 heads to Europe as Imola returns to the calendar after last year’s canceled race. Watch the Emilia Romagna GP this weekend, Sunday’s race takes place at 2pm. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month membership – no contract, cancel anytime

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