Alvaro Parente Barcelona test notes 2006-03-23

Alvaro Parente Sets Sights on 'Victory' in Renault World Series Thursday 23rd March, Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona): Reigning British Formula 3 Champion Alvaro Parente (21) today completed his first 'World Series by Renault' test programme...

Alvaro Parente Sets Sights on 'Victory' in Renault World Series

Thursday 23rd March, Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona): Reigning British Formula 3 Champion Alvaro Parente (21) today completed his first 'World Series by Renault' test programme with Victory Engineering at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The Team Portugal protege, who has also led his country's campaign in the A1 Grand Prix Championship, finished the two-day test in 8th place (out of 30 cars in total) after completing 61 laps at the technically demanding Spanish F1 circuit.

David Lowe (Team Manager, Victory Engineering): "A very good test debut for Alvaro. Getting comfortable with the car, understanding its behavioural characteristic and accumulating mileage have been the key objectives at this first test. These cars generate a lot more grip and downforce than what he has been used in the past and combined with the technically demanding layout of this particular circuit, the challenges posed to any new driver are considerable. Nonetheless, he has acquitted himself extremely well, especially when you consider the experienced drivers he is up against in this championship. Out of a total of 30 runners, Alvaro's 8th fastest time today is impressive and lends itself very well to our high hopes for him this season. In addition to acclimatising to a new car, he is also having to settle into a new team alongside a new team mate. A steep learning curve but one that Alvaro in particular is more than equipped to deal with."

ALVARO PARENTE (21)

How was your first test with Victory Engineering in Barcelona? "Not easy, but I never expected it to be. Everything is new to me and it will naturally take a little time to settle in, understand the limits of the car and appreciate fully the performance parameters. Compared to what I have raced in previously, these cars have more downforce, stronger brakes and a very different tyre performance window. We achieved good mileage today and it went quite some way towards strengthening my understanding of the package. Overall, an excellent experience for me and very valuable in terms of setting a benchmark to work from ahead of our next test in Le Mans."

What does "World Series by Renault" mean for your racing career? "It means everything in terms of progression, experience and development. I will, for example, have to adapt my driving style this season and understand better the performance of tyres, engines and brakes. OK, so the engine is not as powerful as the ones I have raced in A1 Grand Prix and tested in GP2 but at this level, you have to master an understanding for every aspect of the car and extract from this the optimum performance set-up. World Series by Renault is a logical progression in my quest to make it successfully into Formula One."

How will your experience from the A1 Grand Prix Championship lend itself to a season in "World Series by Renault?" "Extremely well I hope! The A1 Grand Prix Championship has equipped me well at many levels. Race distances, pit-stop strategies and engine power are just a few examples of how A1 GP has prepared me for a season in World Series by Renault. Racing against well-established and experienced names was also a key feature of A1 GP and believe me, some of these guys are very quick indeed! At the end of the day, however, driving a thoroughbred race car quickly and competitively is really what it's all about and A1 GP has certainly helped me tick those boxes."

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Series Formula V8 3.5
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