May 10, 2021

Alpine “made a step” at Imola but haven’t shown true pace yet

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In the round-up: Esteban Ocon says Alpine’s upgrades for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix were a clear improvement from their Bahrain car but not the endpoint of the team’s development.

In brief

Alpine’s place in the order still not settled after Imola updates

After the first race this season in Bahrain seemed to show them at a significant disadvantage, Alpine brought an upgrade package to the Emilia-Romagna grand prix. However Ocon said the team had the potential to perform better than they did.

“I think we have our spot in the top 10, that is clear today. Today hasn’t been a straightforward race like it has been the rest of the weekend. I think we had the potential to potentially be P7, P8, that the dry pace was was actually quite solid.

“We were quicker than the Sauber [Alfa Romeo] today. We are not where we want to be exactly, but we’ve made a step this weekend with the upgrades that we got and we felt good in the car driving it for myself and Fernando and, yeah, we want to score more points in the next race.”

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Alpine junior Victor Martins fastest in first F3 test day

Formula 3 testing resumed at Barcelona yesterday, with two days of running at the venue where they will join F1 as the support series for the Spanish Grand Prix next month.

The morning session started wet, with the track empty for a lot of the first part of the session due to continuing rainfall. However once cars were able to get out on track they moved relatively quickly to slicks and the times tumbled. American Red Bull junior Jak Crawford, new to the category, was quickest.

Victor Martins was able to top the faster, drier afternoon session with another Red Bull Junior, Jack Doohan, who finished 26th in F3 last year, just behind him. Martins is a rookie in F3 this year, having won last year’s Formula Renault Eurocup title.

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