Pin converts pole to victory to win opening F1 Academy race from Pulling

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Doriane Pin was never headed in the opening race of the F1 Academy season in Jeddah, the Mercedes-backed driver winning from pole position.

However Pin faced sustained pressure over the 12 laps of Jeddah Corniche Circuit from Abbi Pulling, who finished under a second behind the winner in second place. Maya Weug completed the podium in third.

It was a confident debut victory for Pin, who held onto the lead at the start and kept ahead of Pulling to start her season with 25 points. While Ferrari-supported Weug dropped over six seconds behind the leader, Alpine junior Pulling kept pace with Pin, finishing within a second of her and securing the bonus point for the fastest lap.

Doriane Pin, F1 Academy, Jeddah, 2024
Pin led from the start
Haas-supported driver Chloe Chambers finished off the podium in fourth. Lola Lovinfosse took fifth but appears likely to be penalised for knocking Narea Marti out of the race in the closing laps.

McLaren junior Bianca Bustamante survived early handling problems to finish sixth with Aston Martin’s Tina Hausmann in seventh. Aurelia Nobels claimed points in eighth ahead of Hamda Al Qubaisi in ninth and Sauber’s Carrie Schreiner taking the last point in tenth.

The greatest challenge to Pin’s lead came when she had to overcome a mid-race Safety Car period, triggered by a collision between wildcard entry Reema Juffali and Jessica Edgar, though she expertly contained Pulling as racing resumed. Marti was forced out of the race after running in the top five throughout following her hit from Lovinfosse, while debutante Lia Block failed to finish after spinning out on the penultimate lap at turn five.

Pin will start from pole position again in tomorrow second race of the weekend.

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F1 Academy Saudi Arabia race one results

PositionCarDriverTeam
128Doriane PinPrema
29Abbi PullingRodin
364Maya WeugPrema
414Chloe ChambersCampos
53Lola LovinfosseRodin
616Bianca BustamanteART
719Tina HausmannPrema
822Aurelia NobelsART
98Hamda Al QubaisiMP
1015Carrie SchreinerCampos
1118Reema JuffaliPrema
127Emely De HeusMP
1388Amna Al QubaisiMP
DNF30Nerea MartiCampos
DNF17Jessica EdgarRodin
DNF57Lia BlockART

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4 comments on “Pin converts pole to victory to win opening F1 Academy race from Pulling”

  1. That was a really solid race. Good to see they are showing that level of racing. And it’s good that the F1 TV team is giving it some attention too.

  2. Pocket Rocket was phenomenal, she handed Pulling slipstream THE ENTIRE RACE and the best Pulling could do with it was nab fastest lap. Even then, Pulling was one Pin lock up away from losing it. Lights to flag even with a safety car.
    I am here for the Prema/Mercedes Domination

  3. Pin did well enough in her earlier F4 outings, both in Asia and the UAE with a race win in both.

    I’m not sold on the idea behind this series, but if they’re going to run it it might as well be with the best talents.

  4. Enjoyable enough race, but my goodness… the commentary was diabolical!
    Was never a fan of Nicky Shields, but even I was embarrassed for her!

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