The third W Series round at Silverstone gave us the first returning podium visitors of 2021 with all three drivers having made the top three in Austria’s two rounds.
Alice Powell grabbed her second win of the season and was flanked by Fabienne Wohlwend and Jamie Chadwick when collecting her trophy.
Wohlwend led from the first corner but a small mistake into the Club chicane saw Powell take full advantage. Here’s what the two race leaders had to say to us at GP Grandstand post-race at Silverstone:
Alice Powell: “I certainly heard the roar!”
Q: We’ve seen how much the home crowd at Silverstone has benefited Mansell in the past and Hamilton recently. Mansell famously said the British crowd were worth half a second. Two home wins in two seasons for you now. Are you finding the same push from the fans?
You don’t actually focus on the crowd when you’re out driving, it was more the in lap. So after the race you really notice and there were a lot of British flags waving. I made sure to wave as much as possible and really thank them for coming.
I certainly heard the roar when we all stepped out the cars. The support for the whole grid has been incredible so it’s been really nice. You could say that it gives you that extra edge because you obviously want to win at your home Grand Prix. It’s a moment I’m certainly never going to forget
Q: How did you balance being a driver and a coach with Abbi Pulling racing? Have you had a chance to chat with her after the race?
Yeh, bless her. She was waiting when I came back. She was sat on a quad waiting for me so I asked how she did when we finished the podium. I heard that she had a great little race. We did a lot of our prep, if not most of our prep together. What I did, she did. I’m super proud of her to finish in the top eight and to be battling.
She’s a huge talent for the future and one to watch in W Series which is her aim to compete in when she’s available. Hopefully, next year on her step forwards to Formula One. She’s a serious talent.
To combine the two I’ve had to say “Hang on Abbi, I need to do my own stuff before I give you a little bit of advice”. I managed to separate the two quite nicely this weekend but I’ve always been keeping an eye on how she gets on. I’m super proud of her.
Fabienne Wohlwend: “The safety car always spices things up”
Q: We saw you oversteering several times. Was that a contributing factor to you then locking up or was that not related? How did you find tyre degradation during the race?
Yeh. of course, I was pushing a lot in the beginning. So, yeah, when the safety car came out I already thought it was going to be tough having them right at my back. I think it was a follow-up, I didn’t have a good exit of Turn 15 and then I saw Alice coming closer. It just followed by braking too late and locking up.
I just couldn’t keep up the pace in the end. I think we gambled a little bit in the setups since qualifying because we knew we need some good top speed. Of course, it caused some oversteer so we will see what we do for Hungary.
Q: Do you think without the safety car you would’ve had the mistake? Or do you think that was potentially going to come anyway from the pressure you had from Alice throughout the race?
It’s hard to say, of course, I had a safe gap [before] the safety car. And the safety car always spices things up everything… We don’t know what would’ve happened without it, and, yeah we just learn and analyse and move on.