F1: Ferrari has found its new gem, it’s jubilant!

Sent to hospital due to an attack of appendicitis, Carlos Sainz Jr was unable to compete in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last weekend. So it was Oliver “Ollie” Bearman, the Scuderia’s reserve driver, who replaced him at short notice and with what success! The 18-year-old Briton has broken several records for precociousness and the head of young driver development at the Ferrari Driver Academy is over the moon.

Ollie Bearman Is he a pilot in the making? At the house of Ferrari, we don’t want to get excited and make plans on the comet. The 18-year-old became the first driver to start directly with Ferrari since 1972 and a certain Arturo Merzario. He became the youngest pilot in history to set off for Ferrari and is also the youngest driver in history to have managed to score points, thanks to his seventh place.

“The fact that Fred was brave enough to put him in that car says it all”

Jock Clear, the manager of the development of young pilots of the Ferrari Driver Academyreacted to the first race of his protégé, Ollie Bearman, in comments reported by Nextgen-Auto : « I was convinced before that and I think the fact that Fred was brave enough to put him in that car this weekend, in those circumstances, says a lot about what we’ve seen from him already. I don’t want to downplay or diminish the accomplishment, we’re really, really over the moon, but we kind of put it there saying we think he can do it. And he absolutely justified this choice. »

“I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for Ollie”

« I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for Ollie. If you had written the screenplay, we would have had a little doubt about the final result, we would have said ‘let’s be realistic’. If he had known two weeks ago that he was going to run, he would have prepared himself mentally, confess Clear. We could have done some things. We could have practiced a few starts. But when you let him go on Friday morning, for a single free practice session, and then find yourself in qualifying against the biggest guys, it doesn’t bode well. It’s very, very, intimidating for anyone. »

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