Bearman realistic after dream come true: ‘I am now focusing on Formula 2’

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Bearman realistic after dream come true: 'I am now focusing on Formula 2'

Oliver Bearman enjoyed his debut and wouldn’t mind getting back behind the wheel of the Ferrari car in Australia, but also knows he has to focus on the Formula 2 season. The young Briton announced before the season that he wanted to go for the title, so he cannot miss too many races.

Bearman was allowed to replace Carlos Sainz during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after the Spaniard had to undergo surgery for appendicitis. The 18-year-old did exceptionally well, securing P11 in qualifying and finishing seventh in the race. It rained compliments to Bearman, but he, and also Ferrari team boss Frédéric Vasseur, know that his focus must now be on Formula 2. In addition, Sainz will not spend an entire season recovering.

Alexander Albon underwent the same operation last year and he was back after two weeks. It is said that Sainz may not make it to drive in Australia, but Bearman knows that is not up to him to decide. “Carlos looks good and I’m glad he’s recovering well,” Bearman told Sky Sports. “It was a great opportunity, but I am now focusing on Formula 2. Of course, I hope that I have put myself on the map with this race.” He absolutely has that. It looks like Haas is a possible destination for him in 2025.

‘It’s his car and his World Cup’

Sainz started the year strongly with a P3 in the Bahrain Grand Prix. He had to miss the round in Jeddah, and that undoubtedly cost him points. For example, it cost Bearman points in the Formula 2 championship. “In the end it is not my decision,” says Bearman when asked whether he will replace Sainz again in Australia. “If Carlos feels good, and I certainly hope so, he will be back in the car in Melbourne. Ultimately it is his car and his World Cup. I wish him the best.’

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