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F1 Super-sub Ollie Steps Up Bigtime

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Posted on March 19, 2024 Tags:



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But 18-year-old Ollie’s no slouch, with the Ferrari super-sub cutting an indelible swathe on and off the track in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Corniche, the fastest street circuit in F1.

Like he did when he drove for Haas last year in free practice in Mexico and Abu Dhabi. Just ask the likeable Guenther Steiner, recently dumped from his job as Team Principal of F1’s only American team.

Ollie has full schedule in the Paddock

“Was I surprised in Jeddah?” Former Haas Boss

“Was I surprised by what he did in Jeddah? No. I had faith he could do that.

“I think he has a good future in the sport. He just needs to stay calm, and I have no doubt he will do that.

He can’t go anywhere he wants, but I believe there is more than one opportunity for him (at the end of this year).”

Nevertheless, he was as cool as the proverbial cucumber and handled the gift brilliantly, finishing the exceptionally difficult race in seventh, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Ollie Scores Driver of the Day!

Another Rookie First?

And young Ollie romped in for Driver of the Day, scoring a remarkable 47% of the votes in the F1 poll. His nearest rival was his countryman and idol, Lewis Hamilton on 7%!

It was an extraordinary performance by any measure that elicited a comment from teammate Charles: ‘it’s a matter of time’ before the young tyro joins the F1 grid.   


“I ate a bit too much kerb!”

The 34-year-old superstar from Perth is well aware just how important Melbourne is to have any chance for that cherished Red Bull seat he should never have vacated.

His ever-present boss Helmut Marco and the outspoken Kiwi Liam Lawson are ready to pounce given the slightest opening.

That’s just the way it is with F1!

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Team principal Laurent Mekies said renovations were are underway at the Red Bull Campus and all work should be completed in nine months.

Daniel, and Yuki – Have Much to Prove at Melbourne

Yuki qualified 9th, losing a place to Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll on the opening lap. The diminutive Japanese driver then was overtaken by Ollie Bearman after a Safety Car period restart, ultimately crossing the line in 15th.fi.comF

 Daniel, meantime, started P14 then dropped two places and struggled throughout the race – with a spin on Lap 47 of 50 – finishing 16th. A no fault 40-second pit stop also also cost him dearly.

“Tough weekend,” commented the eight-time F1 winner to a packed scrum, after Jeddah.  “I just ate too much kerb on that spin!

“The only thing that’s probably keeping me a little bit optimistic now is we did find a few things, so that’s positive when you know that. I’ve driven a longtime, I know when things don’t feel quite right.

And Yuki is well aware eyes are on him to improve his performance, if he wants to keep his seat.

Don’t forget, Daniel has notched 32 F1 Podiums

“Melbourne will be better. I know we’ll fix it and have an equal playing field and a strong showing.”

Daniel and Yuki said the team was working tirelessly to resolve the issues they identified in Saudi for a better showing this week Down Under.

“It feels like it’s been a pretty slow start to the year. But it’s been two races. I know how quickly this thing can turn around,”  

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