RaceFans Round up: Imola podium not possible in Bahrain-spec McLaren

In the round-up: Lando Norris said he would not have been able to get a podium with the same car as he had driven in Bahrain.

In brief

McLaren’s improvements “amazing” – Norris

After coming third at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Lando Norris said that small improvements from Bahrain onwards had been crucial to his performance at Imola.

“When it’s raining and when it’s wet, especially, you need a car which gives you confidence,” Norris explained. “If I had the car which I had in Bahrain, I probably wouldn’t have done what I did.

“We made some small improvements and it just helps me be able to find the limit easier, push the car and push it to a higher limit and have the confidence in wet conditions in qualifying to put it P3. You do need a good car in order to do that.”

McLaren began the season poorly in Bahrain, failing to score, but have steadily improved since. “I have to thank the team just from where we were in Bahrain to now, it’s amazing to see the improvements we’ve made,” said Norris. “We have so far to go still but we’ve made some good stuff, so we just need to continue trying to take more steps.”

“Trying to do a good job is not good enough” for Formula E success now

Formula E’s only two-times champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, said that the fourth year of the series’ second-generation cars has pushed the competition closer than ever.

“The level of competition is extremely high this year,” said Vergne, who arrived at the last weekend’s Monaco Eprix leading the championship and was able to secure a third-placed podium. “It is now the fourth year of this car, therefore all the drivers understand it very well, all the teams understand it very well and to make a difference, you need to look for the details that can make that.

“Now turning up in the races and trying to do a good job is not good enough. Of course there’s huge work that’s done at the factory and also the simulator, to try and understand what we could have done better in the last race and try and improve those tiny details that we will find.”

Powell joins Alpine Academy as coach and talent scout

W Series driver Alice Powell has joined the Alpine Academy as its talent identification and development mentor, to find up and coming drivers and provide coaching and mentoring to those in the scheme.

Powell, who has been Alpine Academy associate driver Abbi Pulling’s mentor for several years, said: “More and more opportunities for women within motorsport are emerging now, but budding drivers often lack guidance and experience in the early days of their career.

“The Alpine Academy is an extremely useful stepping stone for all drivers. It provides a sense of credibility and has a defined place on the motorsport ladder. Mentoring is very important. We need to change the mindset of young women that these opportunities do exist, but to also give them the resilience to reach out and grab these opportunities with both hands.”

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