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    Alpine have announced that Abbi Pulling will be embarking on a second F1 Academy campaign next season, with their Academy driver continuing to race for Rodin Carlin.

    The Briton’s return comes off the back of a solid showing in the series’ inaugural season where she finished fifth in the standings, with seven podiums, two pole positions and four fastest laps to her name.

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    Speaking on the announcement of her sophomore season, 20-year-old Pulling said she’s excited to continue her work as part of the French team’s junior programme and to be partnering up with Rodin Carlin once more.

    “I am very grateful to be coming back for another year as an Alpine Academy driver, and I am honoured that BWT Alpine F1 Team are entrusting me as their driver selection for the 2024 F1 Academy season,” said Pulling.

    “This will be my third season in the team’s driver development programme, it’s amazing to be a part of the Alpine Racing family and have such incredible access and support from a Formula 1 team.

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    Pulling placed fifth in the standings at the end of the inaugural F1 Academy season

    “I am looking forward to competing in the F1 Academy series for a second season and to be racing with Rodin Carlin again. I’m hoping to have a successful year and bring in some good results for the team.

    “I am excited to head into another season of racing on the Formula 1 support bill, the atmosphere is going to be incredible.”

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    After debuting in Ginettas, Pulling went on to achieve sixth in her debut single-seater season in the British F4 Championship in 2020. Afterwards, she joined W Series midway through the 2021 campaign before returning for a full season the following year.

    Going on to finish fourth in the standings, with two podium finishes, she became a full Alpine Academy member in 2023.

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    Julian Rouse, Interim Sporting Director at Alpine, added: “We are pleased to announce Abbi as our BWT Alpine F1 Team driver selection for F1 Academy’s 2024 season.

    “This will be her third season as a member of the Alpine Racing family as an Alpine Academy driver, and she has shown some great progress over the course of her time with the team, both on and off the track.

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    “She is a fantastic example of how the Academy programme aims to help develop our drivers and support them in the progression of their career, both as drivers and as people.

    “She will be competing in F1 Academy for a second consecutive season and will be supported by the Academy programme and wider BWT Alpine F1 Team throughout her campaign.”