Bearman: A favorite good luck message was from Vettel

Oliver Bearman revealed that he received a good luck message from quadruple Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel, a favorite among several other messages.

Bearman has been the talk of the F1 community, pundits and fans, since his impressive debut at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, deputizing for the ill Carlos Sainz after a last minute call.

The young Briton was thrown into the deep end in a high profile F1 debut, with Ferrari, but with only FP3 to get ready, Bearman almost made it into Q3, and raced to a strong point-scoring seventh place.

Speaking after the race to Sky Sports F1, Bearman said he was overwhelmed by the messages of support he received before and after the race, but one from Vettel stood out.

“I did get a lot of congratulations and also good luck messages before the race,” he revealed. “My favorite one was from Sebastian Vettel.

“I’m a huge fan of his since the early days. Up until he retired I was always rooting for Seb, so to get a message from him was really special.

“To know that he was watching me put a bit of pressure, but it was a nice pressure,” Bearman admitted.

Lewis Hamilton was waiting for Bearman in parc ferme after the Saudi race and gave him a congratulation hug after the latter manager managed to keep the seven-time F1 Champion and McLaren’s Lando Norris at bay towards the end of the grand prix.

Bearman continued: “And I got a hug from Lewis after the race. That was nice that he kind of recognized the race for me and was a proud moment.”

“It was great to work with F1 drivers,” Bearman said. “It’s great to see the level that they perform at, that they work at, it’s something that I strive to be able to do.”

Plenty of support from within as well

BEARMAN Oliver, Scuderia Ferrari SF-24, portrait during the Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2024, 2nd round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from March 7 to 9, 2024 on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI

With all the external support, from within Ferrari, the guidance was not lacking as Charles Leclerc, who hailed Bearman’s performance, also assisted him.

And while Sainz was watching from the pits, he was also doing his part supporting his replacement in the Red car.

“To get the tips from Charles during the weekend, especially in qualifying but even before the race,” Bearman said. “And Carlos during the race, he was pretty much guiding me through it through what he saw in the data and was feeding it to my engineer.

“It was fantastic and really helped me speed up the learning process and I got up to speed a lot quicker because of that. It was amazing,” he insisted.

Bearman is on his second season in Formula 2, the F1 feeder series, and he reckoned that has been a major factor in his successful debut in top flight.

“The junior categories have prepared me really well to make the step into F1,” Bearman claimed. “First of all, I’ve been to all the tracks, so that was one less thing to learn. I think a new track and a new car would have been a little bit more difficult.

“And also, it shows that the top guys in F2 and F3 can jump into F1 and be competitive, because the level is very high in the junior categories and they’re all teaching you the same things.

“So I think it’s a testament to F2 and F3 that I was able to jump straight into F1 and be competitive,” the 18-year-old concluded.

Bearman finished his rookie F1 season (2023) sixth in the standings. He is currently last in the 2024 F1 Standings.