Ocean Racing Technology gathers experience and data Parente close to top 10, Chandhok competitive Despite disappointing overall raw results in this weekend's season opening race of the GP2 Main Series in BarcelonaSpain, the Ocean ...
Ocean Racing Technology gathers experience and data
Parente close to top 10, Chandhok competitive
Despite disappointing overall raw results in this weekend's season opening race of the GP2 Main Series in BarcelonaSpain, the Ocean Racing Technology team learned that they definitely have the potential to score points with both drivers, Alvaro Parente and Karun Chandhok.
On Sunday Alvaro Parente showed that he had the pace to fight with the best drivers on the grid when just like the previous day he made an excellent start and gained several places. Starting 19th, he was already 13th by the third lap and finished the race right on the heels of the top ten. "It was an intense race and it would have been hard to do better. After our misfortune yesterday, we knew it would be complicated to secure some points today because the race is short and because we started the race well down the order," he explained. "However, we gathered some valuable data which will be useful for Monaco and we know that we can improve many details on the car. Anyway, in Barcelona we showed that we could have secured some good points."
As for his teammate, Karun Chandhok, the Barcelona event was no so satisfying. Ocean Racing Technologies Indian driver started on the 11th row of the starting grid in the second race and could only manage five laps before a mechanical problem forced him into the pits. Karun had already acknowledged that he didn't have a great relationship with the Catalunya circuit and his lack of success this weekend did not contradict this. "There's not much to say. I came back into the pits at the end of lap 5 because of an engine gremlin. My race was pretty much over. It is a bit frustrating to start the championship this way but it should be better in Monaco" said Karun Chandhok.
Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes prefer to look on the positive side of the Spanish weekend, the directors of the Ocean Racing Technology team noting that the had the pace necessary to secure points and that they were definitely on the right track to achieving that goal. "Both our drivers' performances were positive. On Sunday, Karun and Alvaro made a mistake that prevented them taking the chequered flag, but on Sunday Alvaro drove a great faultless race and he was close to points. Karun had an engine failure and there was nothing we could do. Obviously, the race was always going to be tough because we started from the back and had to cope with slower cars. But that's the beauty of this sport. We are gathering some precious data that will allow us to continue our learning process and improve ourselves. We are confident we can secure some points in Monaco" Tiago Monteiro said.