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In the round-up: Lando Norris says that despite ‘small steps’ for McLaren in Imola, he is less confident in their pace than he was in Melbourne.

In brief

‘Small steps’ may help McLaren in Imola – Norris

After scoring a fifth place in Australia, backed up by team mate Daniel Ricciardo in sixth, Lando Norris said he’s “a bit more unsure” about McLaren’s prospects this weekend.

“Maybe not quite as positive or hopeful as I have been [in Australia] or going into Saudi say, but you never know. I think they’re going to find something in the car and I think bring some small steps.”

“If it’s not this year, it will be next year” for Piastri’s F1 chances

Formula 2 and 3 CEO Bruno Michel is ‘completely confident’ reigning Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri will get a seat in Formula 1.

“There are only 20 seats in Formula 1 and as long as there are only 20 seats in Formula 1, you never know how many seats are going to be available the following season,” said Michel. “Some years, we were lucky enough to have three drivers coming in to Formula 1, some years two, some years one which is the case for this year because one seat only was available and it was with Alfa Romeo.

“So Zhou Guanyu was good enough and scored enough to be able to get to this position. Of course, we’d all love to see Oscar racing, Oscar is a great driver. There’s absolutely zero doubt about that. He will get his time at some point, I’m completely confident about that,” continued Michel.

“It would have been fantastic to have him this year – if it’s not this year, it will be next year, but we had already in the past some drivers that had to wait one year before they got into a Formula 1 seat and it never created a problem in their career,” he assured. “So I’m very confident and I know Alpine is doing the right thing to try to prepare as much as possible for the future.”

Federico Malvestiti fills final Jenzer F3 seat

Federico Malvestiti has taken on the third Jenzer Formula 3 seat for the remainder of the 2022 season. Malvestiti will start with the team in Imola, Niko Kari having been drafted in to race the first round of the season in Bahrain.

Malvestiti previously raced the 2020 F3 season with Jenzer, placing 30th and drove both the Jerez and Barcelona in-season tests for the team, this year.

Penske training Paretta pit crew again

Paretta has replaced its previous technical partnership with Penske with a new arrangement with Ed Carpenter’s team. However Penske will continue to provide Paretta’s squad with pit crew training as it did last year. Beth Paretta said she was grateful for Penske’s “very gracious” arrangement.

“The women who we hired, many of them live near Team Penske in Mooresville,” she explained. “So they are going to go through some pit training there because it’s easier because they can do a couple of weeks of it to just kind of get their legs back under them. Also, creatively, they need to learn what it’s like for a car to come in from left to right because you’re changing your economies of motion when you’re doing a pit stop.

“So they’re going to actually train and go through to Team Penske’s pit training school like they did last year. The women who we hired for our pit crew – and this is remarkable – those women we hired February 1st. They had never attended an IndyCar before, and from February 1st to the end of May, they learned from scratch. And if you look to see the pit stops, they pitted a car cleanly in the Indy 500. And so they did that all by being trained by the team at Team Penske.”

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The reason for the return of the Grand Prix to Imola: the words of the mayor Panieri (Multiformula - Italian)

Panieri: 'The main reasons why the grand prix stopped were the initial costs and the lack of teamwork necessary to organize such an event, which, from 2020, is instead taking place. In the last two years, relations between important partners such as the two aforementioned ministries have been strengthened again.'

Interview with Elena Penazzi: 'Imola, the warm emotion of real fans' (Rosso Motori - Italian)

Penazzi: 'Imola, in particular the Municipality, is the owner of the racetrack and as a structure it is strategic for the Municipality; it is an important infrastructure not only from the point of view of the image, but also from the economic that benefits the whole territory. My delegation, which is unique in Italy, because I am the only Councilor for the Autodrome, has this strategic importance; this delegation is completed with the other two delegations I have, that of Tourism and Major Events, which are all completely connected to the Autodrome.'

F1 Manager 2022 simulates the sport, not the press circus (PC Gamer)

Newer fans might be wondering what a team principal even does, if not berating Michael Masi in very public, televised radio communications or insulting their contemporaries at other teams. The answer, as F1 Manager 2022 comprehensively demonstrates, is: a lot.

McLaren liveries for the Indy 500 (McLaren)

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