A GREAT RACE MEANS FOURTH PLACE FOR SCUDERIA COLONI AND PARENTE IN BAHRAIN The first race of the GP2 Asia Series last event, in Bahrain, was really good for Scuderia Coloni and Alvaro Parente. The Portuguese driver, starting from the 5th spot on...
A GREAT RACE MEANS FOURTH PLACE FOR SCUDERIA COLONI AND PARENTE IN BAHRAIN
The first race of the GP2 Asia Series last event, in Bahrain, was really good for Scuderia Coloni and Alvaro Parente. The Portuguese driver, starting from the 5th spot on the grid, drove a perfect race indeed, finishing fourth just 1"8 adrift of the podium. At the start, Parente took advantage of the empty spot in front of him (Turvey started from the pit-lane) and drove aggressively, putting pressure on 3rd placed Charles Pic. From then on, Alvaro kept the same pace of the leader, Filippi, maintaining the gap from the drivers in front of him and easily keeping an eye on those behind him. Only after the mandatory pit-stop, at lap 9, Jules Bianchi started gaining some ground, and then managed to close the gap. Parente, anyway, managed the pressure from the Frenchman in the best possible way, building back a reassuring gap as soon as Bianchi had to cope with tyre degradation woes, while Alvaro's tyres where still ok thanks to the perfect set-up chosen by the team.
Emotions came back in the race when, with 8 laps to go, the Safety-Car was deployed for an accident between Vietoris and Kralev, but Parente was again perfect at the restart, while behind him Bianchi, Ricci and Villa lost ground while fighting each other.
Also Will Bratt did a really good race. Again, he was able to recover and finished 15th starting from row eleven. The brit had a good start, but then had to cope with a group of cars who came really close to an accident at turn 1. Will managed to pass unscathed, and then did a consistent race, overtaking Supernova's Josef Kral on last lap.
Paolo Coloni: "Alvaro did a great job, he was consistent and on the same pace of the leader throughout the whole race. This 4th position means that we're keeping our improving trend from the start of the weekend. Now, getting a podium in tomorrow's race would be the icing on the cake. As we're using the GP2 Asia Series as a training for the Main Series, being in the top three would mean that the training was really good!".
-source: scuderia coloni