After announcing Carlos Sainz’s withdrawal from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ultimately won by Max Verstappen, Ferrari immediately launched his replacement Oliver Bearman, aged only 18. And for his first in the exercise, he ensured by moving up from his 11th place on the grid, to a very nice P7 at the finish. The Briton has already surprised in qualifying when he narrowly missed Q3, but on Saturday during “Race Day”, the rookie showed what he had in his stomach, and even stood up to Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris , who both congratulated him once he crossed the checkered flag.

The McLaren driver even wrote on X (formerly Twitter) his compliments to the rookie: “Great job on your first race.” Finally the icing on the cake, elected driver of the day by the fans and even said he received a message of encouragement before departure, one of his idols, and former Scuderia. The Englishman has been living a real waking dream since Friday, now it remains to be seen when he will be awake.