British teenager Bearman joins Haas for 2025

Oliver Bearman will become the fourth British driver on the Formula 1 grid next season after signing to race for the US-based Haas team.

The 19-year-old, who impressed in finishing seventh on his F1 debut for Ferrari at this year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, has signed what Haas calls a “multi-year contract”.

“It’s hard to put into words just how much this means to me," said Bearman, who took his maiden Formula 2 victory in Austria last weekend.

“To say out loud that I will be an F1 driver for Haas makes me so immensely proud.

“To be one of the very few people who get to do the thing that they dreamed of as a child is something truly incredible.”

Bearman stood in for Carlos Sainz in Jeddah after the Spaniard was diagnosed with appendicitis.

Despite not driving the car until final practice - Sainz had driven on Friday - Bearman qualified 11th and finished seventh in the race.

Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu said: “It’s an exciting thing to be able to give a young driver as talented as Oliver Bearman his first full-time seat in Formula 1.

“He’s developed into an incredibly mature driver under the guidance of the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy and the world saw that for themselves when he was called in at the last minute to compete at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.”

Bearman, who has been a member of the Ferrari driver academy since 2021, will join Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris, meaning 20% of the F1 grid will be British drivers next year.

In addition, Williams driver Alex Albon, who races under the Thai flag, was born in London and has dual Thai-British nationality.

“Oliver proved he was more than ready for the task, and we’ve seen that for ourselves, running him in the Haas cars in our first practice sessions over the past two seasons,” added Komatsu.

“We’re looking forward to further developing him as a driver and reaping the benefits of his talent – both inside and outside of the car.”