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Emotional moment Oliver Bearman embraces his father David after finishing seventh in his first F1 race

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Oliver Bearman gave his father an emotional hug after stealing the limelight and finishing seventh in his first Formula One race. 

The 18-year-old embraced his father, David Bearman, after his impressive run during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. 

The teenager, who won driver of the day, kissed his father on the cheek and lovingly wrapped both arms around him. 

The F2 driver managed to get head of another fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton, who has won eight championships over the years and will be joining Ferrari next season. 

However, Oliver could not make it past George Russell in the other Mercedes. 

Speaking to Sky Sports after the race, Oliver said: ‘It was a fantastic race and pushing all the way I was shocked at how fast we were pushing, getting faster every lap. That was incredible.’ 

Oliver embraced his father, David Bearman, after his impressive run during the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Carlos Sainz 's Ferrari

Oliver embraced his father, David Bearman, after his impressive run during the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Carlos Sainz ‘s Ferrari

Oliver managed to get seventh place during his F1 debut, ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Oliver managed to get seventh place during his F1 debut, ahead of Lewis Hamilton  

Oliver gave his father a kiss on the cheek after the race

David said he was 'extremely proud' of his son yesterday

Oliver gave his father a kiss on the cheek and said he was ‘extremely proud’ of his teenage son yesterday

Oliver’s father looked almost sickened as he watched him race in his first Formula One qualifying stint with Ferrari yesterday. 

A video showed David Bearman looking visibly moved and breathing heavily as he watched on in the Ferrari garage.

He was almost immediately put under investigation for failing to follow the race director’s notes after potentially driving too slowly, but was cleared.

Speaking after the race, David told Sky Sports: ‘I’m extremely proud. He did well and an awesome job.’

Sainz had to drop out of the race this week because of appendicitis, but said the operation went smoothly and thanked fans for their supportive messages. 

He watched his teammate, Charles LeClerc get a podium with third place, alongside Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, who has won two races so far this season. 

Oliver previously revealed how special it felt to drive for Ferrari in F1 as he became the first Englishman to race for The Prancing Horse since Nigel Mansell in 1990.

‘The stars have aligned,’ said Bearman. ‘It feels like such a quick progression in my career from driving in F4 a few years ago (in 2021).

‘I only did my first F1 test a few months ago (in 2023) so to make my F1 debut in red is hopefully a sign of things to come,’ he added.

‘I had no warning. I woke up this morning fully prepared and ready for my F2 race and then I got the call just a couple of hours before FP3. It’s not the circumstances I would have liked to make my debut in and I wish Carlos well but nonetheless, it’s a fantastic opportunity.’

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