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British Grand Prix: Reward rolls in for Oliver Bearman after information of Haas promotion

Thursday’s media day on the Formulation 1 British Grand Prix kicked off with some information concerning a younger British driver. Haas introduced within the morning that Oliver Bearman, the Ferrari Academy driver who’s presently splitting reserve duties between Haas and Ferrari, could be taking one of many staff’s two seats on the F1 grid subsequent yr.

Bearman’s promotion was a subject of dialogue throughout Thursday’s FIA Press Convention, with three of his countrymen becoming a member of the reward for the younger driver. Amongst these included each Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton, who Bearman fended off within the closing levels of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to complete seventh in his gorgeous debut in exchange of an ailing Carlos Sainz Jr.

“Yeah, [he] did an exceptional job earlier on this yr. Yeah, vivid younger expertise, and I feel it’s nice that the UK is pumping out loads of nice younger proficient drivers,” mentioned Hamilton. “I’d say Silverstone and the [British Racing Driving Club] have been part of that, I’d say, as a result of they do put money into younger and up-and-coming, loads of the game’s younger and up-and-coming drivers. I feel, yeah, I feel it’s superb for the game. Takes the strain off of all of us. A minimum of hopefully one of many Brits could be up there.”

“I feel he deserves it,” mentioned Norris. “I feel he confirmed in Saudi how good of a job he can do, even beneath the strain that he was in to carry out and get a lot out of the automobile in his first weekend. So I’m excited to see him on the grid subsequent yr and sit up for racing.”

George Russell, the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix, joined in on the reward for the younger British driver.

Y”eah, clearly Ollie’s an awesome driver and it’s nice to see 4 Brits on the grid and I feel it simply goes to point out the energy of British motorsport. I feel after we raced in Karting, the competitors was so excessive and I feel that interprets into subsequent yr, 20% of the grid being Brits. Clearly, Alex [Albon], half British as nicely, so it’s nice to see him there and I’m positive he’ll do an awesome job.”

Bearman is scheduled to participate in FP1 this week as a part of his reserve duties for Haas, earlier than taking up subsequent yr on a full-time foundation. He presently sits 14th within the F2 Drivers’ Championship standings and secured his first win of the season within the F2 Dash Race on the Austrian Grand Prix.

And if he wants some recommendation, he has a seven-time F1 champion winner he can flip to.

“No, no, I’ve not been requested to and it’s not even been a thought,” mentioned Hamilton if he was requested to take Bearman beneath his wing. “I don’t suppose he must. I feel he’s a pointy sufficient lad. And I feel, I imply, naturally, as one of many older drivers right here, my door’s all the time open if anybody ever has a query or any recommendation that’s wanted.”

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