F1 Academy’s Newest Open-Wheel Star Loses Race in Weirdest Way Ever

Jackson Wheeler
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The second season of the F1 Academy kicked off in Jeddah and the all-female single-seater category has strengthened its ties with Formula 1 this season, as each team is affiliated with a driver, and all rounds will take part at Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The exit of inaugural champion Marta Garcia means there will be a new name on the season-championship trophy come the end of the season, and it was Mercedes hotshot Doriane Pin who dominated the first weekend.

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Doriane Pin leads the way in the first of two strong F1 Academy performances in Jeddah.

Pin claimed pole position and won both races—though there was a cruel ending to the second race. Pin did not realize Race 2 had ended and continued pushing for a lap, taking the checkered flag twice. Her mistake led to her to incur a 20-second time penalty.

Alpine’s Abbi Pulling thus inherited the victory and with it the championship lead. It was a very harsh penalty imposed on Pin, who underlined her star quality on-track.


U.K.-based Phillip Horton started covering Grands Prix while still at university and swiftly deemed that writing about Formula 1 and the behind-the-scenes machinations was much more engaging than reading centuries-old novels. Degree gained, he went on to cover the sport full-time from 2014 and is as intrigued and excited by the destinations Formula 1 visits during its lengthy annual world tour as the racing itself. Phillip joined Autoweek in 2021 and while he has just about learned to spell in American English he has yet to find anywhere in America that makes a proper cup of tea.

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