A race to forget in Portimao
Ocean very fast, but no points
Ocean Racing Technology lived through a difficult afternoon on the Algarve International Motor Racing circuit today where neither of its two drivers managed to finish the first race of the GP2 Main Series at Portimao. Setting the sixth fastest racing lap, Alvaro Parente once again showed that Ocean Racing technology has the pace to compete with the best of the field.
Starting last on the grid due to a gear box problem, the Portuguese driver was right on the attack and was knocking on the door of a point scoring position, when, with 14 laps to go, he made contact with Sergio Perez and points and pole position for race two quickly disappeared with his retirement. "It is definitely not a happy ending. It was impossible to take this turn with two cars side by side and contact was unavoidable. It is a pity because the car was very fast and I could have secured points," Parente regretted. "The disappointment is worse because it is the last round of the season and we are racing in Portugal, but these things happen. It seems that bad luck is not leaving us alone here in Portimao. We won't give up and we will try to make it into the top 10 for the last race of the season."
For teammate Karun Chandhok, bad luck hit even earlier. The Indian carried out just one lap before his engine broke, an unforeseeable situation that was terribly frustrating... "There's not much to say. We're living a nightmare and the entire team is disappointed. It is always frustrating when you have to end your race because of a problem nobody could foresee. Ocean Racing Technology is racing at home and we had hoped to secure a better result for our faithful fans who have supported us since the very beginning. Tomorrow the race will be tough as I will be starting from the back of the grid. But we will give it our all to try and catch up."
Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes' team can count on a cloudy sky with temperatures of 22o.C for Sunday. The start of the race will be at 14:00 and the event can be followed on Eurosport. The Algarve International Motor Racing circuit is expecting 40,000 spectators for the final race of the season.