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Oliver Bearman thanks a former Ferrari driver whose special message helped him in his F1 Grand Prix debut

Imagine being 18 years old and getting a call from the Ferrari team to race in an F1 Grand Prix. Moreover, with only one practice section, outperform experienced drivers in qualifying, finish in points in the race, and win Driver of the Day. Yes, all this is not imagination because Oliver Bearman did it in the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The youngster was called to make his F1 debut as Ferrari racing driver Carlos Sainz was diagnosed with appendicitis. Sainz was hospitalized, and Bearman replaced him for the Grand Prix. He impressed everyone with his performance, including several Formula 1 racers.

Before Bearman made his debut, he had gotten a message from a former Ferrari driver who is also one of his idols.

Oliver Bearman said:

“I got a message from one of my heroes, Sebastian Vettel, which was nice before the race. So thanks, Seb.”

Bearman had a dream F1 debut. This was his first ever Formula 1 car experience, and he had to perform at the ultimate stage.

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Oliver Bearman’s Dream Debut

  • Only one practice session in an F1 car
  • Gives a lap time of 1:29:306 in the FP3
  • Improves his lap time in qualifying by 1:28:642
  • Starts P11 in the race
  • Finished seventh in the race
  • Bags six crucial points for the team as well as the Driver of the Day award

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When Bearman was asked about his F1 debut experience, he said:

“I am quite young, so that is cool. I grew up watching these guys fight. It was a pleasure to share the track with them.”

Not only that, he impressed several F1 drivers, including Charles Leclerc. After this race, Oliver Bearman might be a name in F1 team discussions for a driver in 2025.

Moreover, Bearman is standing 10th in the 2024 F1 Championship with six points and might be ahead of a few drivers on the grid. Will Bearman be on the 2025 F1 grid? Let us know your views in the comment section.

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Nikhil Lopes
Nikhil Lopes
Hi, this is Nikhil Lopes, who has a great interest in sports. Nikhil has been following several sports in the past few years, like the NFL, football, NBA, F1, UFC, cricket, and many more. The term 'sports addict' completely suits him.

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