Vincent Vasseur, the team manager of Ferrari, emphasizes the importance of Ollie Bearman concentrating on his Formula 2 program and utilizing the Haas FP1 sessions that have been arranged for him. This comes after Bearman’s successful stand-in performance for Carlos Sainz in Saudi Arabia.

With Charles Leclerc’s contract extension and Lewis Hamilton’s upcoming multi-year deal with Ferrari for 2025, there are currently no immediate vacancies in the team. However, Ferrari may consider placing Bearman elsewhere until a seat becomes available, with Haas being a potential opportunity. Nonetheless, team principal Ayao Komatsu has expressed satisfaction with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg.

When questioned about the possibility of Bearman eventually following in Lewis Hamilton’s footsteps as a British driver at Ferrari, Vasseur asserts that it is premature to make such comparisons, especially considering that Hamilton has not yet joined the team.

Vasseur acknowledges Bearman’s impressive performance in Jeddah as a significant milestone. He emphasizes that while Bearman will soon participate in FP1 sessions with Haas, his primary challenge lies in his Formula 2 commitments.

Bearman is set to undertake an extended program of FP1 sessions for Haas at various circuits. Vasseur underscores the importance of Bearman’s ongoing learning and improvement, emphasizing that Jeddah was just one step in his journey.

Regarding Ferrari’s reserve driver strategy, Vasseur explains the decision to rotate between Bearman, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Robert Shwartzman, considering their commitments to other racing series. Giovinazzi’s first appearance as Ferrari’s reserve driver in 2024 will be at the Japanese Grand Prix.