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F1 Fast Five: Haas hands Bearman debut at Imola FP1, McLaren expands roster with two new signings, and other big updates

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Haas hands Bearman debut at Imola FP1, McLaren expands roster with two new signings, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

Haas hands Bearman debut at Imola FP1, McLaren expands roster with two new signings, and other big updates
  • Haas hands Bearman debut at Imola FP1
  • McLaren expands roster with two new signings
  • Newey hints at next career move 
  • Drivers' hotel preferences and expenses
  • Hamilton and Rosé talk lifestyle with RIMOWA

Haas hands Bearman debut at Imola FP1

Kevin Magnussen will be absent from the first free practice session at Imola as Oliver Bearman steps in for his debut of six such sessions in F1 this year. While Magnussen's future with Haas remains uncertain, Bearman's impressive F1 debut and potential partnership with Zhou Guanyu hint at significant changes within the team for the upcoming seasons.

Click here to read the full article by Samuel Coop (racingnews365.com)

McLaren expands roster with two new signings

McLaren Racing has enrolled F3 drivers Alex Dunne and Martinius Stenshorne in its young driver program. Dunne, the 2022 British F4 Champion, and Stenshorne, a karting standout turned Formula Regional contender, are currently competing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Under the guidance of Stephanie Carlin, McLaren's driver development program offers them a pathway to higher tiers of racing, which marks a significant opportunity for their careers.

Click here to read the full article by Phillip van Osten (f1i.com)

Newey hints at next career move 

Adrian Newey's departure from Red Bull in early 2025 has sparked speculation about his next move, with hints suggesting he may join another Formula 1 team despite negotiating a 'non-compete' clause out of his exit deal. Alternatively, he's contemplating stepping away from F1 to focus on sailing, influenced by his father's retirement experience and advice from figures like Bernie Ecclestone and Roger Penske. "I know I'd miss motorsport if I wasn't doing it," Newey stated. "Do I go again, or do I enjoy my [yacht] and sail off into the sunset?"

Click here to read the full article by James Dielhenn (crash.net)

Drivers' hotel preferences and expenses

During the F1 calendar, F1 drivers typically spend around half the year away from home. This trend continues in the 2024 F1 schedule, where they frequently stay in different hotel chains for each race. These accommodations vary from lavish 5-star hotels to more modest and convenient options, and occasionally, drivers even reside in their own homes for certain races. So, which hotels do they typically stay at, and how much do they spend on accommodation each year?

Hamilton and Rosé talk lifestyle with RIMOWA

RIMOWA, the luxury luggage brand, brought together Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Korean-New Zealand singer Rosé, who are both global ambassadors for the company. They answered fan questions about their travels, love for music, and their dogs, Roscoe and Hank. Hamilton shared that he's a fan of Bob Marley, while Rosé said she always travels with her skincare products.

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