Alvaro Parente gets a hard fought 6th place Alvaro Parente ended the first GP2 Asia race of the Bahrain event in the sixth place, after a difficult performance, giving to Scuderia Coloni its first points of the season. Today's race didn't...
Alvaro Parente gets a hard fought 6th place
Alvaro Parente ended the first GP2 Asia race of the Bahrain event in the sixth place, after a difficult performance, giving to Scuderia Coloni its first points of the season.
Today's race didn't start in the best way to the Portuguese you gun, as when the lights were off his car almost died. Almost engulfed by the pack, the driver from Oporto began to recover, trying a damage limitation exercise and, at the end of the first lap, he was already sixth after strong overtaking manoeuvres to Sergio Perez and to Charles Pic.
Giacomo Ricci was in Alvaro Parente's sights, but the Italian was very fast in the DPR car and, with his Dallara's tires loosing efficiency, the driver in the Coloni colours had to set himself for the sixth place, a fantastic result to someone who didn't seat in a racing car since last October. "It was a tough race! The car almost died in the start and I lost load of positions. I was able to recover some in the first lap, but after being for so long in the Ricci's back my tires began to fade and I couldn't do better than the sixth place. Nevertheless, I think it was a good result, as, last Monday, I didn't even know that I would be here today", underlined the Portuguese, who saw his teammate, Will Bratt, ending the race in the sixteenth place.
With today's result, tomorrow Alvaro Parente will start from the third place of the grid, which gives him some good chances of a good result. However, the Scuderia Coloni's youngster and his team know that they have to improve his singleseater as it was very demanding on its tires. "We will start in a good position in the second race and I think I can reach a good result. But it's important to improve the car's balance so it can be kinder to the rubber. If we sort out this issue, I think the podium will be within my reach", stated with confidence the driver who won the 2005 British Formula 3 Championship and the 2007 World Series by Renault.