Rumours of driver changes at Haas F1

According to reports, changes could be on the horizon for Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas Racing team in Formula One, albeit on a temporary basis.

According to reports, changes could be on the horizon for Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas Racing team in Formula One, albeit on a temporary basis. British driver Oliver Bearman is rumoured to be taking part in the first free practice session for Haas at the upcoming US Grand Prix in Austin (scheduled for 20-22 October).


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Bearman, 18, has a direct link to a potential F1 debut with the Haas team. He has been a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2022 and is regarded as one of the Scuderia’s most promising young talents. With Haas sourcing its engines and components from Ferrari, the connection is particularly relevant.

Despite his young age, Bearman already has a remarkable racing history. In 2021, he made motorsport history by winning both the German and Italian Formula 4 championships. He followed this up with a third place in Formula 3 in 2022. Bearman currently competes in Formula 2 and is sixth in the drivers’ championship.

Ferrari are reportedly keen to keep Bearman in their ranks for the 2024 season. There are suggestions that the young driver could be promoted to a permanent Formula 1 seat by 2025. His participation in the upcoming Austin event appears to be another strategic step towards that long-term goal.


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Return of Giovinazzi?

As for Haas’ driver line-up in 2024, Nico Hulkenberg is expected to remain with the team. The 35-year-old German’s position is expected to be confirmed, according to team principal Günther Steiner in an interview with

However, there could be changes to the team’s second driver position. With Haas forming a close working relationship with Alfa Romeo from next season, there has been speculation that Antonio Giovinazzi could return to F1, as reported by RacingNews365.

Giovinazzi’s history with Alfa Romeo could fit in well with the new partnership.


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Giovinazzi: A solid choice?

Giovinazzi’s big break came in 2017 when he was called up by the Sauber Formula 1 team (now Alfa Romeo Racing) to replace the injured Pascal Wehrlein for the Australian Grand Prix. Despite limited preparation time, Giovinazzi demonstrated his potential by delivering a respectable performance during the race weekend. This opportunity marked his official entry into the pinnacle of motorsport.

While 2017 was a taste of Formula 1, Giovinazzi’s official debut as a full-time driver came in 2019 when he secured a race seat with Alfa Romeo Racing. Paired alongside experienced campaigner Kimi Räikkönen, Giovinazzi faced the daunting task of proving his worth in a highly competitive field.

Giovinazzi’s Formula 1 career has been characterized by moments of brilliance and challenges. He has shown flashes of speed and potential, often demonstrating his ability to battle with more seasoned competitors.



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French hopeful could land the seat at Haas

Another contender for a place at Haas is Frenchman Théo Pourchaire. The 19-year-old, who has been hailed as an exceptional talent for years, secured the runner-up spot in the 2022 Formula 2 championship and is currently leading the title race ahead of Bearman and others.

Pourchaire’s journey in single-seater racing began in 2018, marked by his triumph in the French Junior F4 Championship. Building on that success, he took it to the next level the following year, winning the 2019 ADAC Formula 4 Championship title after an intense battle with Dennis Hauger for the crown.


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In a significant career move, Pourchaire joined ART Grand Prix for the highly competitive 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship. His exceptional performance throughout the season saw him secure the runner-up position, just three points behind Oscar Piastri.

The momentum carried him further into the realm of the Formula 2 Championship, still under the ART banner. In his rookie season, Pourchaire demonstrated his potential by finishing fifth in the championship, cementing his status as a rising star in the world of motorsport.

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2 responses to “Rumours of driver changes at Haas F1

  1. Honestly, where do people come up with all sorts of unfounded ideas?
    Other than the FP1 runnings because of a certain rule, none of these scenarios will happen, most certainly the ones involving Pourchaire & Giovinazzi.
    If Haas truly wanted him, they would’ve done so either already when they needed a replacement for Mazepin instead of asking Magnussen back or when they decided to replace Mick.
    They clearly haven’t wanted him, so no reason to think they’d stance would change.
    People should think realistically & the realism is that all teams, except for maybe AlphaTauri, will keep an unchanged driver lineup for next season.

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