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F1 ACADEMY: Pulling surges to fourth consecutive victory with dominant display in Barcelona

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 22: Abbi Pulling of Great Britain and Rodin Motorsport (9) drives on track

Abbi Pulling turned pole position into another Grand Slam, as the Alpine driver brought home her fourth win of the 2024 F1 ACADEMY season.

A blistering start from home hero Nerea Marti from third put her toe-to-toe with Pulling on the run down to Turn 1, but the Tommy Hilfiger driver couldn’t quite keep apace with her, finishing over four seconds adrift. Chloe Chambers made it a double podium for Campos Racing, despite losing out to Marti off the line.

F1 ACADEMY: Pulling fends off Chambers to secure Barcelona poles

PREMA Racing endured a difficult opening lap after a poor start for Doriane Pin dropped the Mercedes driver from P4 to P12. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Maya Weug made contact with Amna Al Qubaisi, sending both skirting off into the gravel trap and bringing out the Safety Car.

Bianca Bustamante tried to close in on the podium, but ultimately had to be content with fourth ahead of Hamda Al Qubaisi. Emely De Heus was on a charge, gaining three places on the opening lap from P11 and going on to secure her first points of the campaign in P6.

Pin’s fightback was eventually rewarded with seventh, as a five-second time penalty for a false start demoted Jessica Edgar from sixth to eighth after Pin sliced away her buffer in three laps. Tina Hausmann and Lia Block battled hard, but the Aston Martin driver held on to secure ninth ahead of the Williams driver.

Pulling now holds a 56-point lead in the Drivers’ Standings and the Briton has a chance to extend it further when she starts from pole for Race 2. Lights go out at 08:50 local time on Sunday.

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For an in-depth report of F1 ACADEMY Race 1 in Barcelona, visit the official website here.

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