Bearman: Looking forward to re-joining Haas in FP1 in Imola

Bearman: Looking forward to re-joining Haas in FP1 in Imola

Bearman: Looking forward to re-joining Haas in FP1 in Imola

Oliver Bearman, Haas F1 Team’s reserve driver and Ferrari Academy driver, will take part in the first practice session of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

Bearman impressed when he made his Formula 1 race debut replacing Carlos Sainz during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Spaniard being sidelined by appendicitis.

Bearman qualified 11th and finished the race seventh after just one practice session in the SF-24, an impressive debut for the young Briton.

This weekend, Bearman will be back in an F1 car, but just for one practice session as he will replace Kevin Magnussen for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Speaking in Haas’ race preview, Bearman said: “I’m really looking forward to re-joining the team and taking part in FP1 in Imola.

“The team is having a strong season and I’m hoping, with the extra experience I have since our last time together, I’ll be able to help continue the run of form they’re in,” he added.

Nico Hulkenberg, who was recently announced to be leaving Haas for Sauber/Audi in 2025 will be racing for the first time at Imola.

Hulkenberg excited to tick Imola off the list

He commented: “It may only be Round 7 but it feels like we’re deep into the season now, and coming back to Europe feels good.

“I haven’t raced around Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari and I’m excited to tick this track off the list as it’s been a lot of fun in the simulator,” the Hulk added.

Kevin Magnussen is hoping to have a decent weekend at Imola, he said: “It’s a great track, and one of those that I was watching as a kid and always wanted to race at, so it’s fantastic that it’s back on the calendar.

“It was a good weekend the last time we were there, I scored a point in the Sprint in 2022,” he recalled. “The track is pretty difficult to overtake on, not impossible, but difficult so it will be more about qualifying than the average track.

“It’s going to be the first good opportunity we have to collect proper aero data on the car that we’re running now, so that’s going to be very useful and a good experiment.

“You can’t help but notice the history when you visit this circuit, some memories more sad than others with Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna’s accidents, but nonetheless it’s significant, and racing a Formula 1 car in Italy is always special,” the Dane concluded.

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in 2023 was cancelled due to devastating floods hitting the northern Italian region.