Oliver Bearman - Road to F1
Your ultimate source for all things F2 as we follow Aventum sponsored Ollie Bearman on his journey through the 2024 Formula 2 season.
The 2024 Formula 2 season is the eighth year of the F2 Championship as we know it, pairing the best up-and-coming drivers in single seater motorsport with the challenge of F2 machinery.
Racing on F1 weekends, Formula 2 races give drivers the chance to showcase their skills in front of the top teams in the business, on some of the most famous racing tracks in the world - including Monza, Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps.
We are proud to partner with Ollie in another racing season and we are thrilled to be part of his championship battle. Ollie has shown incredible dedication and skill in recent years and we are confident in his ability to succeed in this demanding series.
Follow all of the action live on Sky Sports F1.
2023 RACE CALENDAR & RESULTS
2024 DRIVER STANDINGS
F2 SEASON GALLERY
THE BEAR NECESSITIES
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT F2?
Formula 2 is a fast-paced sport to try and wrap your head around. While it is similar in a lot of ways to its big brother, F1, there are still many differences that could be confusing if you are just getting stuck into the sport. So let's take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions.
Ollie drives for the Italian based Prema Racing team. Widely acknowledged as the third force in Italian motorsport, after Ferrari and Alpha Tauri, the team has driven drivers such as Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher into Formula 1.
The car can reach up to 208mph and reaches 0-60mph in 2.9s.
Yes. Unlike in Formula 1 where each team manufactures and develops their own car within a specific set of guidelines, all cars in F2 are the same. The chassis is manufactured by Dellara and powered by a Mecachrome naturally aspirated, direct-injected 3.4l V6 engine.
The cars cost an estimated €600,000.
11 teams compete in the 2023 F2 Championship, each with two drivers.
There is a 45 minute Free Practice session on the Friday of a race weekend, followed by a 30 minute qualification session.
On Saturday, there is a Sprint Race, consisting of 120km or 45 minutes of racing.
The main Feature Race of the weekend comes on Sunday.
Qualifying happens on Friday. The winner of this starts in first place, pole position, in Sunday’s race.
For the Sprint Race, the top ten drivers from qualifying are reversed, meaning that the driver achieving Pole will start in 10th place and the driver 10th in qualifying will start at the front of the Sprint Race.
This is to keep the series as competitive as possible and allow the drivers the opportunity to show racing skills and abilities, increasing overtaking opportunities.
In the Sprint Race, the top eight classified drivers are awarded 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points respectively.
In the Feature Race, the top 10 finishers will score 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points respectively.
Pole Position in qualifying also gains the driver two points.
Completing the Fastest Lap in each race gains one additional point, provided the driver finishes inside the top 10.
They only make pit stops in the longer Feature Race. Each driver must make one mandatory pitstop and use at least one of each specification of dry weather tyres during the race.