Pinay racer Bianca Bustamante roars to podium victory in F1 Academy!

Pinay teen racer Bianca Bustamante gets her first podium finish for the F1 Academy season.

Hoisting the Philippine flag high, Pinay teen racer Bianca Bustamante has secured her maiden podium finish as a full-fledged member of the McLaren Formula 1 Team at Race 2 of the 2024 F1 Academy season in Miami, Florida.

In a post on X, McLaren erupted in celebration, hailing her second-place triumph just behind Abbi Pulling of Alpine as the seasonโ€™s first trophy.

“Hold it high, @racerbia! First trophy of the season. ๐Ÿ†” posted by McLaren.

“YESSSS! ๐Ÿงก First podium of the season for @racerbia! ๐Ÿ‘Š” added McLaren in a separate post.

Biancaโ€™s climb to the podium came after a gritty 9th place finish in Race 1, where she battled a grid stall, making this win even sweeter.

Taking to Instagram, Bianca shared her ecstatic disbelief over her first podium finish. “This has been the best day of my life so far. Thank you to everyone!” she said

She also graciously shared the spotlight with the entire McLaren F1 team, thanking them for their support.

“An amazing weekend for the team @mclaren! Our very first @f1academy podium is finally a reality, mega thank you to @artgp_official for an amazing car. They were faultless this weekend, so much more to work and show for the rest of the season. Let’s keep growing,” said the Pinay racer.

“Can’t believe I got to experience it in person and live this amazing moment with my papaya family,” she added.