MONZA, QUALIFYING: PARENTE FIFTH WHILE HARTLEY KEEPS IMPROVING It was a good Qualifying for Scuderia Coloni in Monza: Alvaro Parente will start tomorrow's Feature Race from fifth place thanks to a 1'30"474, just 2 tenths adrift from poleman ...
MONZA, QUALIFYING: PARENTE FIFTH WHILE HARTLEY KEEPS IMPROVING
It was a good Qualifying for Scuderia Coloni in Monza: Alvaro Parente will start tomorrow's Feature Race from fifth place thanks to a 1'30"474, just 2 tenths adrift from poleman Bianchi.
The Portuguese driver had a really good session, being always among the top six despite being quite unlucky, as a red flag came out while he was improving his laptime.
The session was stopped due to Maldonado and Razia going out simultaneously in two different spots of the track, and when it restarted there were just five minutes to go. With the whole field on track seeking for improvement, traffic was an issue but Parente managed to find a clear lap anyway, shaving two tenths off his laptime.
It was a good session also for Brendon Hartley: the Kiwi driver, who did his first kilometres on a GP2 car just this morning, boasted a two seconds improvement on his Free Practice laptimes and stopped the clock on 1'31"601, meaning P22 on the grid.
It's a good result because Hartley was just 1" adrift from his team mate after only two 30' sessions, and on one of the series most demanding tracks.
Furthermore, Brendon was half a second faster than the other rookie of the event, Piscopo, who already had some testing with the GP2 car in the winter.
Paolo Coloni: "We did a really good job improving our setup for tomorrow's race. I'm very happy for our driver performances: Alvaro was very quick as he always is, and his laptime could have been even better without that red flag. Besides this, I was very impressed by Brendon. Being just 1" second off the top guys after only two sessions is a great achievement".
Alvaro Parente: "It was a positive qualifying because the changes that we made to the car between one tyre set and the other allowed us to improve, and this means that we are on the right path. Maybe we can do a little better in Sector 2, but I'm very confident for the race. If there will be no surprises at the first chicane then we have lots of chances of getting a very good result".
Brendon Hartley: " In a normal weekend I wouldn't be satisified with P22, but considering that until this morning I never even saw the car, I think that there are many reasons to be positive. My split times are already good, now I just need some more time in the car to put them together lap after lap. Tomorrow my first aim will be finishing the race in order to drive as much as possible. I'm confident that doing that my pace will get better and better".
-source: scuderia coloni