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MOTORSPORTS | Jan 30

Who’s Ferrari’s New Backup Driver for the 2024 Season?

Starboy Ollie Bearman Is Set to Be Ferrari’s New Backup Driver for 2024

Who’s Ferrari’s New Backup Driver for the 2024 Season?
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc | Jewel Samad / AFP

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Bearman was the king of the Sprint and Feature races, making the track his playground…

The F1 rumors are swirling faster than a Max Verstappen lap time. Ferrari’s newest reserve driver, the British whiz-kid Ollie Bearman, has everyone wondering if he’s the wildcard that could shuffle the team’s lineup by the end of the 2024 season.

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Just 18 years old, Bearman has already left tire marks on the track, making his Formula 1 weekend debut with Haas last year. Hailing from the charming town of Chelmsford in Essex, Bearman’s impressive stints caught Ferrari’s attention, earning him a spot in the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy in 2021.

This dude didn’t just stroll into FIA Formula 2 in 2023; he practically high-fived FIA Formula 3 on his way up. His first-ever season with PREMA Racing in FIA Formula 3 left everyone’s jaws on the floor. Picture this: eight podiums, and he even threw in a cheeky victory at the Belgium Sprint race. No big deal, right?


But before he was tearing up the tracks in a full-blown race car, Bearman was the undisputed king of the go-kart circuit. He snatched up multiple karting titles like candy from a baby. Then, just for kicks, he decided to take on the ADAC F4 and the Italian F4 Championships for a couple of seasons. Did he win titles in both categories? You bet your favorite racing cap he did – double trouble, my friends.

Our man didn’t just dip his toes into FIA Formula 2 last year; he cannonballed into it. With PREMA by his side, he clinched victory in four races, including a little dance in Azerbaijan. Pole position? Yeah, he owned that too. Bearman was the king of the Sprint and Feature races, making the track his playground.


Now, he’s geared up to share the reserve driver duties with Robert Shwartzman and Antonio Giovinazzi, creating a trio ready to jump into action if Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz hit a speed bump.

With his sights set on an F2 title victory this year, Bearman’s Formula 1 dreams are no secret. In an ideal world, he’d be sliding into an F1 seat in 2025, but let’s face it – the racetrack is full of surprises. His optimism and readiness to jump into the F1 circus make him a breath of fresh air, especially considering the seasoned competition he’d be up against.

Now, the plot thickens as F1 news swirls around the potential departure of Carlos Sainz Jr. The contract negotiation rollercoaster between Sainz and Ferrari has raised eyebrows, and Bearman might just be the spark that ignites the driver’s seat shuffle. Sainz wants a long-term contract beyond 2026, but Ferrari seems to be playing it cautious with a one-year extension offer. Will Bearman, the young prodigy, seize the opportunity and step into the shoes of the experienced Spanish driver?

So, fasten your seatbelts, folks. Ollie Bearman’s ride with Ferrari promises to be a thrilling roller coaster, and who knows, by the end of the season, we might see this teenager shift from reserve driver to a full-fledged contender in the F1 schedule.

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