In a display of sheer determination and skill, Abbi Pulling, the rising star from the Alpine Academy, stamped her authority in the world of motorsports at the F1 Academy finale in Austin. The British driver, racing for Rodin Carlin, wrapped up her season with a remarkable seventh podium, securing a top-five finish in the championship. This achievement marked a significant milestone in her burgeoning career.
The weekend at the Circuit of the Americas was nothing short of eventful for Pulling. She kicked off with a promising start, securing the second spot in Qualifying 1. This impressive performance set the stage for a front-row start in Saturday’s Race 1, followed by a challenging seventh-place start in the afternoon's reverse grid Race 2. In Qualifying 2, Pulling showcased her speed, finishing a mere four-tenths behind the leader and securing a top-five start in Sunday’s Race 3.
Saturday's race saw Pulling in a neck-and-neck battle with Championship leader Marta Garcia. Demonstrating exceptional racing acumen, she maintained a gap of less than one second from the Spaniard throughout the race, ultimately clinching second place and her seventh podium of the season.
Race 2 was a testament to Pulling's adaptability and strategic thinking. Starting seventh on the reverse grid, she skillfully navigated a tricky situation at the start, avoiding a stalled competitor. Her racecraft shone through as she executed a series of overtakes, finishing in fourth place and earning the extra point for the Fastest Lap.
However, Sunday's Race 3 posed a new challenge for Pulling. A slow start pushed her back to sixth place, where she valiantly fought to maintain her position till the end. Her consistent performances across all races culminated in her finishing fifth in the championship with 177 points.
Reflecting on the weekend, Pulling said, "Austin was a fun but tough weekend. We struggled initially but made a great comeback in the qualifiers. The atmosphere of an F1 weekend is incomparable. I'm grateful to Alpine Academy and Rodin Carlin for their support."
Abbi Pulling's journey in the F1 Academy finale was a blend of highs and lows, but her resilience, skill, and unwavering spirit shone through every turn. As she closes this chapter, the motorsports world eagerly awaits her next move, anticipating more thrilling performances from this promising young talent.