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Lena Buhler leads F1 Academy field in Zandvoort practice

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

ART Grand Prix’s Lena Buhler was fastest in F1 Academy practice at Zandvoort, with two very different sessions.

FP1 featured lots of track action, with all 15 drivers doing at least 13 laps, but in FP2 nobody did any more than eight laps.

MP Motorsport’s Hamda Al Qubaisi was on top pretty much from start to finish in FP1, setting a 1m44.503s early on, improving to 1m38.598s, 1m38.106s and then later in the session a 1m37.758s.

That put her 0.206s seconds ahead of Rodin Carlin’s Abbi Pulling, who was in second place for most of the session, and Buhler was 0.664s back in third. MP’s Emely de Heus and Prema’s Marta Garcia were the only other drivers within a second of Al Qubaisi’s pace.

The pace was significantly quicker in FP2, and Buhler’s seventh and final lap in the afternoon session was a 1m36.689s.

Carlin’s Jessica Edgar was 0.343s slower in second place, and Campos Racing’s Nerea Marti was 0.403s behind in third place. This time the top nine were covered by a second, with Campos’s Maite Caceres propping up the timesheet and 3.620s off the pace.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lena Buhler ART Gand Prix 1m36.689s 24
2 Jessica Edgar Carlin 1m37.032s +0.343s 24
3 Nerea Marti Campos Racing 1m37.092s +0.403s 25
4 Chloe Grant ART Gand Prix 1m37.357s +0.668s 25
5 Bianca Bustamante Prema 1m37.380s +0.691s 21
6 Abbi Pulling Carlin 1m37.439s +0.750s 26
7 Marta Garcia Prema 1m37.532s +0.843s 24
8 Hamda Al Qubaisi MP Motorsport 1m37.543s +0.854s 25
9 Carrie Schreiner ART Grand Prix 1m37.613s +0.924s 23
10 Lola Lovinfosse Campos Racing 1m37.840s +1.151s 23
11 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport 1m38.212s +1.523s 20
12 Amna Al Qubaisi MP Motorsport 1m38.442s +1.753s 25
13 Megan Gilkes Carlin 1m38.736s +2.047s 23
14 Chloe Chong Prema 1m38.782s +2.093s 23
15 Maite Caceres Campos Racing 1m40.309s +3.620s 24