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F1 ACADEMY: Pulling seals assured victory in Miami Race 1

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 04: Race winner Abbi Pulling of Great Britain and Rodin Motorsport (9)

Alpine driver Abbi Pulling was unassailable as she converted pole into a dominant victory in F1 ACADEMY’s first race in Miami.

After being promoted post-race to the Race 2 win in Jeddah, Pulling’s mission to stand on the top step for the first time saw her nail her getaway at lights out and break clear of the pack, eventually finishing over five seconds clear of Mercedes’ Doriane Pin.

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In the battle over third, home hero Chloe Chambers put in the moves of the race. A nail-biting double overtake on Maya Weug and her teammate Nerea Marti moved her up to fourth, before dispatching Hamda Al Qubaisi whilst fending off Weug with three laps to go.

Marti added 12 points to her 2024 tally in fourth, getting the up and under done on Hamda Al Qubaisi on the penultimate lap. A five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage demoted Weug from fourth to sixth, finishing ahead of American Express driver Jessica Edgar.

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Amna Al Qubaisi carved her way through the field from 14th to take the chequered flag in eighth. A stall from fourth on the grid derailed Bianca Bustamante’s race, but the McLaren driver managed to salvage ninth, despite a five-second penalty costing her two places.

Charlotte Tilbury driver Lola Lovinfosse took the final point of the day, promoted to P10 after Aurelia Nobels’ 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Tina Hausmann on the opening lap.

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The double will be in Pulling’s sights as she lines up on pole for Race 2, which gets underway on Sunday at 13:05 local time.

You can watch live streams of all the F1 ACADEMY sessions by clicking here.

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