Fresh from her maiden win in F1 Academy, Hamda Al Qubaisi was the fastest across two wet Free Practice sessions ahead of a busy Saturday at F1 Academy’s third round in Barcelona.

Across the two rain-impacted Free Practice Sessions, drivers completed a total of 375 laps as they got out on track at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time since pre-season testing.

Free Practice 1

A heavy shower just before the cars set out on track gave the teams and drivers a chance to fine tune their set-ups in preparation for the rain forecasted for this weekend.

Al Qubaisi, who sealed her first win in F1 Academy just 75 days after breaking her arm, led the way in the first session of the weekend with a 1:42.495, ahead of Nerea Martí, and Bianca Bustamante, who also scored her first win in Valencia last time out.

Despite completing the fewest number of laps in the session, MP Motorsport’s Emely de Heus was showing her pace around the 4.675km circuit sitting P6 in the classification, only 0.5s behind teammate Al Qubaisi.

Free Practice 2

Al Qubaisi also led the standings in Free Practice 2 as she continued to show her strong form at Barcelona. Despite only completing a few laps in pre-season testing, the Emirati laid down a marker for the rest of the field with a dominant Friday display.

The MP Motorsport driver was once joined again in the top three by Bustamante (P2) and Martí (P3), with the trio of drivers split by just 0.4s.

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Free Practice pacesetter Al Qubaisi said: “Today went really well considering I only did a few laps in the pre-season test here and was three seconds off the pace due to my arm, I think it is decent that I was able to top post sessions, but then again we don’t know what things the other drivers were working on.”

“Tomorrow is what counts, I am happy with the pace and but there is a lot of margin still. I am trying to improve on the corners, it’s a long and technical track and I will continue to work with the team to make sure we are ready for tomorrow.”

What’s Next

The teams will take to the track in four sessions tomorrow, as the morning sees the drivers complete both Qualifying sessions, before Race 1 and Race 2 get underway in the afternoon at 15:05 and 19:00 respectively.


1Hamda Al QubaisiAREMP Motorsport1:42.49512
2Nerea MartíESPCampos Racing1:42.62714
3Bianca BustamantePHLPREMA Racing1:42.80611
4Marta GarcíaESPPREMA Racing1:42.82811
5Lena BühlerCHEART Grand Prix1:42.83814
6Emely de HeusNLDMP Motorsport1:42.9718
7Lola LovinfosseFRAART Grand Prix1:43.11816
8Abbi PullingGBRRodin Carlin1:43.34414
9Chloe ChongGBRPREMA Racing1:43.66712
10Carrie SchreinerDEUART Grand Prix1:43.83314
11Amna Al QubaisiAREMP Motorsport1:43.85511
12Chloe GrantGBRART Grand Prix1:44.07315
13Jessica EdgarGBRRodin Carlin1:44.60514
14Maite CáceresURYCampos Racing1:44.84615
15Megan GilkesCANRodin Carlin1:45.12315


1Hamda Al QubaisiAREMP Motorsport1:42.77510
2Bianca BustamantePHLPREMA Racing1:42.97612
3Nerea MartíESPCampos Racing1:43.19112
4Lena BühlerCHEART Grand Prix1:43.3809
5Lola LovinfosseFRACampos Racing1:43.49512
6Amna Al QubaisiAREMP Motorsport1:43.51412
7Carrie SchreinerDEUART Grand Prix1:43.69512
8Marta GarcíaESPPREMA Racing1:43.80312
9Emely de HeusNLDMP Motorsport1:43.92612
10Chloe ChongGBRPREMA Racing1:44.20312
11Megan GilkesCANRodin Carlin1:44.73911
12Abbi PullingGBRRodin Carlin1:45.34416
13Jessica EdgarGBRRodin Carlin1:45.50414
14Maite CáceresURYCampos Racing1:46.78213
15Chloe GrantGBRART Grand Prix-10