Ocean Racing Technology secures second podium in a row Alvaro Parente delivered a high quality performance in the second race of the GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring this afternoon. The Portuguese driver was fast, reliable and confident on a...
Ocean Racing Technology secures second podium in a row
Alvaro Parente delivered a high quality performance in the second race of the GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring this afternoon. The Portuguese driver was fast, reliable and confident on a track made formidably challenging by a downpour just half an hour before the start of the race. Alvaro recorded the second fastest lap of the race among the drivers on intermediate rubber, the Portuguese driver knowing how to find the resources to climb the hierarchy without making even the smallest error. Parente and Ocean Racing Technology are rewarded by this 2nd place which is also the second podium in two rounds for the Portuguese team.
Parente gave signs of his excellent form from the beginning with a strong start where he was the fastest driver off the line. He was at the point of taking the lead when Vitaly Petrov caused havoc and then, after several battles, Parente rose to second position thanks to a beautiful overtaking manoeuvre on Kobayashi with just four laps to go. With a 2nd and a 6th place finish, the no.24 driver has opened his score card in the most beautiful way. "We needed this kind of result. Everything went well, the balance of the car was perfect, especially in the last stage of the race. We chose a set-up for a wet track but that would start to dry and the car was even more efficient at the end of the race. I want to congratulate all the team. We have to keep up the great work, to score points and to keep improving our performances," said Parente.
Starting eleventh on the grid, teammate Karun Chandhok could have very easily fought his way into the points but his race came to an abrupt end in a multi car pile-up in in the first turn of the Nurburgring and the Indian driver knew that there was a strong probability of being a victim in such an incident after starting mid field... "It was not a good week-end for me. I had what it takes to fight with the front runners but to start from the middle of the pack always makes things hard. I hope I'll find my way back into the points in Hungary," explains Karun Chandhok.
The two directors of Ocean Racing Technology, Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, are very satisfied with the team work displayed recently. With two podiums from two rounds, the Portuguese team has shown that it is on its way to achieving the ultimate goal, which is to be one of the fastest teams in the paddock, despite being in their rookie season. "Alvaro's race was superb from start to finish. His start and race pace were excellent. We secured a second podium in a row but this second place is also our best result of the year so far. The entire team is to be congratulated because our two cars are very competitive. We don't know what the future lies because it is a highly competitive championship and all the teams work hard, but our aim is to keep heading in the same direction and to make constant progress. This weekend, we gathered valuable experience in tricky conditions and we demonstrated once again that we are competitive," underlined Tiago Monteiro.
The next round of the GP2 Main Series will take place in Budapest alongside the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks time.