“I see it as of course my chance,” he added. “But just because there is a seat free, it doesn’t mean that I’m entitled to it. I still have to go out there and earn it through good performances in F2, but even more so the six FPs that I’m doing. I have to perform well and show that I’m ready to jump into F1 next year.”

Stepping in for Sainz in Jeddah resulted in Bearman having to forgo his Formula 2 duties on that occasion, a weekend in which he had qualified on pole position before being called up to F1.

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While this contributed towards his slip down the championship order in F2, the youngster insists that he is placing equal focus on performing well both in this category as well as his FP1 runs.

“Of course I’ve been set back in F2 but that doesn’t mean… everything is possible, first of all,” he conceded. “Now we’re in the European season where we know the tracks, we have understood the car a bit better, so I don’t see any reason we can’t fight for the championship in F2, and I’m really motivated to do so.

“But these six FPs are of course six great opportunities to prove my talent and what I can do. I don’t place any more weight on them than I do on the F2 because of course you need to show that you can compete and race well. F1 is not just about doing the fastest lap, so [it’s] 50-50.”


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