Abbi Pulling made history with Formula One car

Abbi Pulling made history with Formula One car

W Series driver, Abbi Pulling, had her first taste of the Formula One machinery alongside Saudi Arabian racer Aseel Al Ahmad as they became the first women ever to drive an F1 car in Saudi.

Last week, the nine-teen-year-old driver had an unforgettable experience demonstrating the V8-powered E20 car around Riyadh.

Pulling shared the spotlight with Aseel, who represents Saudi Arabia at the Women in Motorsport Commission, becoming the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation even before the ban on women being able to drive in the Kingdom was lifted in 2018.

Both drivers hoped they could show opportunities for women who are looking forward to getting involved in the motorsport world.

She said: “I started racing when I was just eight years old, always with the goal of reaching Formula 1, and I am so pleased to have got that little bit closer,”

“It is very important for the industry to encourage and support young, female talents to achieve their ambitions.”

The British driver is also promoting the Alpine Affiliate programme mission in nourishing young racing talent with potential through F1.

With this ground-breaking demonstration run, the team hopes to inspire girls from all backgrounds to believe that anything is possible, especially in following Abbi’s career path as a racing driver.

Pulling added, “Programmes like the Alpine Academy coupled with demonstration runs with female racers show you have the opportunity and structure to do this”

“It was a pleasure to meet Aseel and to hear about all her initiatives to support young racers. It’s super encouraging for myself and the next generation.”

Starting her first full W Series campaign in May after taking her maiden podium in COTA last season, with only four races entered, Abbi is set to make her fifth race start with Racing X.

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