The 2024 F1 Academy championship heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for its third round. With one-fifth of the grid hailing from Asia amidst a tight championship battle, who will win the weekend’s two races?

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The first two weekends of F1 Academy have seen thrills, spills, and plenty of action. Whilst Mercedes junior Doriane Pin finished first on track in both races at the Qatar season opener, the championship lead went to Alpine Academy driver Abbi Pulling after the Frenchwoman was penalised after race two. Pulling then extended her advantage to 34 points in the second round at Miami. With five rounds and ten races left in the championship, it’s still all to play for.

The 2024 F1 Academy championship features three Asian drivers: Bianca Bustamante (McLaren by ART Grand Prix), Amna Al Qubaisi (RB by MP Motorsport), and Hamda Al Qubaisi (Red Bull Racing by MP Motorsport). Bustamante, who is from the Philippines, achieved a second-place finish in race two at Miami, showcasing her potential and elevating her to fifth place in the Drivers’ Standings.

Despite finishing third in the 2023 F1 Academy championship, Emirati driver Hamda Al Qubaisi has had a challenging start to the season. Nevertheless, she achieved two top-six finishes during the Miami round, highlighting her competitive potential. Her older sister, Amna Al Qubaisi, has also had a difficult start to this year’s championship; however, she currently has a streak of three top-eight finishes, and her significant experience could make her a contender as the season progresses.

Prema Racing and Rodin Motorsport are almost neck-and-neck in the Teams’ Championship, with the Italian team leading by just two points. They are followed by Spanish team Campos Racing and French team ART Grand Prix, where Bustamante has scored the majority of the team’s points. Although MP Motorsport have faced a tricky first two rounds, they will be aiming to demonstrate their competitiveness at Barcelona, a track known for its technical complexity.

As well as being part of the Formula One race weekend broadcast schedule, F1 Academy races are also free to watch on the F1 Academy YouTube channel. All races are streamed live.

F1 Academy drivers’ standings

  1. Abbi Pulling (Alpine/Rodin) – 99
  2. Doriane Pin (Mercedes/Prema) – 65
  3. Maya Weug (Ferrari/Prema) – 51
  4. Chloe Chambers (Haas/Campos) – 40
  5. Bianca Bustamante (McLaren/ART) – 39
  6. Nerea Martí (Tommy Hilfiger/Campos) – 33
  7. Hamda Al Qubaisi (RB/MP) – 30
  8. Jessica Edgar (American Express/Rodin) – 18
  9. Amna Al Qubaisi (Red Bull/MP) – 12
  10. Carrie Schreiner (Kick Sauber/Campos) – 9
  11. Tina Hausmann (Aston Martin/Prema) – 8
  12. Aurelia Nobels (Puma/ART) – 6
  13. Lola Lovinfosse (Charlotte Tilbury/Rodin) – 5
  14. Lia Block (Williams/ART) – 1
  15. Emely de Heus (Red Bull Ford/MP) – 0
  16. Courtney Crone (Wildcard) – 0
  17. Reema Juffali (Wildcard) – 0

F1 Academy teams’ championship

  1. Prema Racing – 124
  2. Rodin Motorsport – 122
  3. Campos Racing – 82
  4. ART Grand Prix – 46
  5. MP Motorsport – 42

Header photo credit: F1 Academy

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