Haas Announces Fittipaldi and Bearman as 2024 Reserve Drivers

Haas F1 has appointed Pietro Fittipaldi and Oliver Bearman as their reserve drivers for the 2024 season, supporting Hulkenberg and Magnussen.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Updated on May 23, 2024

Oliver Bearman Haas and Ferrari Reserve Driver

Pietro Fittipaldi, with dual Brazilian-American heritage and the grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, a legendary two-time Formula 1 world champion, has been affiliated with Haas since 2018. Initially involved in testing, he later became a reserve driver.

Fittipaldi made his Formula 1 debut with Haas, filling in for Romain Grosjean during the 2020 Sakhir and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after Grosjean’s dramatic accident in Bahrain. With a rich background that includes titles in Formula Renault, the MRF Challenge, and the World Series Formula V8 3.5, the 27-year-old is set to join the IndyCar series full-time in 2024 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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Oliver Bearman, an emerging talent from Britain and only 18, has gained the support of Ferrari, Haas’s engine supplier. Following a remarkable debut season in Formula 2, where he achieved four wins and six podiums, finishing sixth overall, he will return to Prema Racing for a second year. His performance in F2 and participation in Free Practice 1 sessions with Haas at the Mexico and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year caught the eye. Recently, Bearman was testing a 2022 Ferrari F1-75 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for Pirelli, indicating his ongoing development and integration into the Haas and Ferrari racing ecosystems.

“I’m happy and proud to be going into my sixth season with MoneyGram Haas F1 Team,” stated Fittipaldi. “I’m looking forward to continuing our work in development and supporting the team in the best way I can throughout the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.”

Bearman added: “I’m really happy to be part of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team for the upcoming season. I had a great experience last year working with everyone at the team and I’m looking forward to building on that this year.

“There are several events I’ll be doing FP1s at – alongside the reserve duties, which is exciting. I’m grateful to Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari for their faith and for supporting me.”

Ayao Komatsu, the new Team Principal for Haas who succeeded Guenther Steiner, expressed satisfaction in appointing Oliver Bearman and Pietro Fittipaldi as reserve drivers, stating, “I’m pleased to have both Oliver Bearman and Pietro Fittipaldi as our reserve drivers.

“Oliver did a tremendous job for us last season settling in well and working through both his FP1 run programs in Mexico and Abu Dhabi and then with his test program.

“We’re looking forward to giving him the opportunity for more outings in FP1 in 2024 – with testing at a premium this is key running time, both for us to evaluate Oliver’s progress but also to enable him seat time in a Formula 1 car.

“Having Pietro with us for a sixth season is valuable as he again provides continuity and he’s been a great contributor to our program over the years – both on and off-track.

“We’re excited he’s landed a full-time IndyCar ride this season, so he can do what he loves to do – and that’s to race, but he’s there for us too as part of the Haas family.”

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Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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