Ollie Bearman to make F1 debut at Saudi Arabian GP with Sainz ruled out

The Spaniard has been diagnosed with appendicitis and requires surgery, and as a result is ruled out of the second round of the 2024 championship. Sainz’s absence through illness hands a dramatic debut to 18-year-old Bearman. The Ferrari reserve driver, who turns 19 in May, will become the youngest Briton to compete in a Formula One race. A Ferrari statement read: “Carlos Sainz has been diagnosed with appendicitis and will require surgery. As from FP3 and for the rest of this weekend, he will be replaced by reserve driver Oliver Bearman. The Ferrari family wishes Carlos a speedy recovery.”. Raised in Chelmsford and schooled at King Edward VI grammar, Bearman joined Ferrari’s driver academy, aged only 16, after he won both the German and Italian Formula Four championships.

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