Formula 1 Racing

Bottas hopes Miami “an outlier” for Sauber

Valtteri Bottas, Sauber, Miami International Autodrome, 2024

In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas hopes that Sauber’s performance in Miami will not be repeated in Imola this wekeend

In brief

Bottas hopes Miami “an outlier” for Sauber

Valtteri Bottas admits that he was disappointed with the performance of his team in last weekend’s Miami Grand Prix weekend.

Bottas finished 14th in the sprint race and 16th in the grand prix after multiple penalties for drivers ahead. He says he is anticipating a stronger performance in this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

“I hope [Miami] was an outlier,” he said. “In the last two events, we’ve been in a better place.

“The next race is at a very different track. So with some new bits on the car, then we’ll see again. But it is tight and small gains can make a big difference.”

Giltare wins disrupted FREC race

Evan Giltaire took victory in the second Formula Regional European Championship race of the weekend in Hockenheim that was heavily disrupted by Safety Cars.

The ART driver beat Prema’s James Wharton off the line to take the lead with race one winner Rafael Camara in second. But three Safety Car periods over the 30 minute race kept green flag running to just two laps out of the 15 scheduled, allowing Giltaire to take his first win in the series.

Ferrari academy driver Camara leads the championship after the opening round on 43 points, ahead of Prema team mate Wharton.

Pulling becomes first female British F4 winner

Alpine junior and current F1 Academy championship leader Abbi Pulling became the first ever female driver to win in British F1 by taking victory in the championship.

Pulling dominated the race from pole position, leading every lap to win from fellow Rodin driver Jack Sherwood. It was Pulling’s third race win in two weekends having claimed victory in both F1 Academy races in Miami.

Deagen Fairclough won Sunday’s third race to sit atop the championship standings on 88 points, 21 ahead of James Higgins. Pulling sits fourth with 44 points.

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