Formula 1 news: W Series driver Abbi Pulling and Saudi Arabian racer Aseel Al Hamad have evolved to be the first female drivers to run a Formula 1 car in the Saudi kingdom. It transpired as part of an Alpine demonstration in Saudi Arabia.
Before the starting of the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Pulling united with Al Hamad. AI Hamad holds the representation of Saudi Arabia on the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission. And, she is a board member of the Saudi motorsport federation, in the 2012 E20 F1 car. It is the same car that was previously known as the Lotus E20.
The episode occurred with the help of the Saudi Tourism Authority. With their assistance, the two drivers took the E20 on a trip through the Kingdom. They visited several places including the city of Diriyah and a UNESCO World Heritage site. And, during the process, they also created history.
Formula 1 News: Abbi Pulling and Aseel Al Hamad become the first female drivers to run an F1 car in Saudi Arabia
In 2018, Al Hamad also drove the E20 at Paul Ricard. She remarked that it was “beautiful to drive with Alpine” one more time. And, what made it even better was that she could do that in her home country of Saudi Arabia and her hometown of Riyadh.
He exclaimed that she hopes that this feat of hers encourages more generations to “fall in love” with Formula 1. And, she hopes it inspires more girls to think of motorsport as a prospective career.
Pointing to Abbi Pulling, she said she was “super happy” to meet her. She called her “a lovely girl” with great “ambition”. And, having an “amazing passion for racing.” She is proof that with the right practice, women can become great professional drivers, added Hamad.
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She went on to explain that one must provide an example to teach the younger generation that they, too, maybe successful in the future, and can replace one. And, it holds regardless of one’s gender. What matters is the talent one is prized with. She said that in the future, she will cheer for them and open the doors. She hopes that everyone will see girls in Formula 1 in the “near future” and not just in the sport but on the “podiums” too.
Pulling, who is still competing in the W Series this year, added that last weekend, she got her first taste of an F1 car. And, it was all she had hoped for and more. She began racing at the age of eight, always intending to reach Formula 1. And, she is overjoyed to have come that much closer.
The CEO of Alpine, Laurent Rossi remarked on both the women and their skills. He said having two women driving an F1 car through the capital of Saudi Arabia, through priceless historic sites, and into the heart of the city, illustrates that anyone with enough passion can follow their goals in motorsport.
The second round of the 2022 Formula 1 season will be held in Jeddah from 25th to 27th March, with Ferrari leading both championships for now.