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Bearman set for future FP1s with Ferrari after impressing on race debut

Ollie Bearman is scheduled to make FP1 appearances for Ferrari as well as Haas later this season, following his impressive debut at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari reserve driver was required to stand in for the unwell Carlos Sainz, who underwent surgery on Friday morning after being diagnosed with appendicitis, and finished seventh after qualifying 11th. Team principal Fred Vasseur says the strong performance from Bearman needs to be seen as a further step in his development towards a full-time drive in future, and reveals he’ll complete Ferrari’s FP1 sessions later this year on top of six outings for Haas.

“I think in this situation we had good young drivers a couple of times, not only at Ferrari but on the grid, and I would say the pace… I don’t want to say it’s easy to have, but it’s something they can achieve,” Vasseur said. “The fact he did a short weekend without FP1, FP2, without any mistakes, for me it’s unrealistic. Honestly, I was completely impressed by this.

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“In Jeddah, between the walls, skipping FP1, FP2, going almost directly into qualifying. In Q2 on the first lap he was doing a good lap, he had the red flag, he made a mistake in the second one, he started the last lap in the qualifying with nothing on the board and he was three hundredths behind Lewis [Hamilton]. With a clean Q2 I think he’d be able to get to Q3.

“But again in Jeddah you have to consider it as a step, not the final target. He did well this weekend, he will have other challenges in front of him in the future with F2, he will do a couple of FP1s with us and Haas in the season.