18-year-old Briton Oliver Bearman to make Ferrari debut | EUROtoday

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The highly-rated teenager is a Ferrari academy driver however is formally listed as Haas’s reserve driver and has beforehand entered two first follow periods for the American workforce final 12 months: in Mexico City and in Abu Dhabi.

It additionally implies that he turns into the primary English driver to race for Ferrari since Nigel Mansell in 1990, beating Lewis Hamilton – who races for the Scuderia subsequent 12 months – to that feat. Should he begin the race on Saturday he can even turn into the third youngest driver to enter an F1 grand prix, behind Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen, who each race right here this weekend.

It is a giant ask to anticipate Bearman to be remotely on the tempo and he’ll want loads of monitor time in remaining follow (which begins at 1.30pm) to get used to the automotive. It helps considerably that he has been driving right here in F2 this weekend however the F1 automotive shall be a distinct beast. Still, it is a wonderful probability to showcase his credentials at a time when the grid for subsequent 12 months appears to be like to be in flux.

Ferrari haven’t mentioned how lengthy they anticipate Sainz to be sidelined for however there’s a two-week break earlier than the following race in Australia (additionally aided by this weekend’s race going down on Saturday) so there’s a respectable probability he shall be within the cockpit in Melbourne.