Abbi Pulling will race with Rodin Carlin this season in F1 Academy and become a fully-fledged member of the Alpine Academy driver programme.
Pulling was an Alpine Affiliate last season during which she achieved a seventh-place finish in the 2022 W Series campaign. The British driver began her career at nine, racing in karting before graduating up to Ginetta Juniors. In 2020, she moved to British Formula 4 where she took four podiums on the way to P6 in the championship.
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A second British F4 campaign and a further three podiums followed. She also completed her maiden season in W Series, finishing the 2021 season seventh. The following year, she climbed to fourth place overall, achieving four top five finishes in 2022.
The 19-year-old will step into F1 Academy with Rodin Carlin, Pulling commenting: “It is great to be competing in the first season of the F1 Academy, especially to be working with such a successful team as Rodin Carlin. Having spent time with the team before, I can’t wait to get the season started, working alongside some incredible people. I have lots of trust in them and know they will push me to be the best I can be.
“I’m very thankful for the continued support of the Alpine Academy for a second season and the great work of Gazing Performance and Alice Powell behind the scenes. I’m also excited to welcome My First Alert who are supporting my programme for the first time this year.”
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Rodin Carlin Team Principal Stephanie Carlin added that Pulling was a driver the British team had wanted to work with for some time, adding that the team was eager to propel her in this next phase of her career.
“We’re delighted to welcome Abbi to the team for this first season of F1 Academy. Our paths have crossed in the past before and Abbi is a driver we’ve wanted to work with for some time now. We’re really excited that we are able to work on this programme together and have no doubt that Abbi will be a huge asset to the team. Thank you to the Alpine Academy for entrusting us with this next stage of Abbi’s career. We can’t wait to get on track.”
Pulling is the second driver that has been confirmed to be racing for Rodin Carlin – alongside Jessica Edgar – and the sixth overall announced to be taking part in F1 Academy this year.