Monza: Ocean Racing Tech qualifying report

Monza misfortune for Ocean Racing Technology The Monza weekend is not shaping up to be a repeat of Ocean Racing Technology's recent good fortune when, after an excellent run at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit two weeks ago where they secured their...

Monza misfortune for Ocean Racing Technology

The Monza weekend is not shaping up to be a repeat of Ocean Racing Technology's recent good fortune when, after an excellent run at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit two weeks ago where they secured their maiden victory in the GP2 Main Series, the Portuguese team suffered at the hands of bad luck on the Monza circuit during qualifying for the penultimate round of the 2009 season. Alvaro Parente will start from 17th on the grid while teammate and Karun Chandhok will line up in 20th.

The day started badly in free practice with Alvaro Parente having an off track moment in the intimidating Parabolica after just four laps and was therefore unable to set his car up properly for qualifying. "The off track excursion set things up for the rest of the day," Parente said. "With a far from perfect car and with so close lap times between all the drivers, I was unable to do any better in qualifying. My mission will be a tough one, but not impossible, and I'll give it my best to make up as many positions as possible."

Forced to start from the tenth row of the grid for the first race, Karun Chandhok is also preparing himself for a tough fight... "To start that far down on the grid, my race will be a tough one. I'm not happy with the way things happened but tomorrow I will have to catch up and to try to climb up in order to be in a good position for the second race. It is not the first time I have had to start from the back of the field and I have already made my way back to the top 10," Chandhok explains.

For the directors of Ocean Racing Technology, Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, the disappointment of Monza qualifying is a reflection on the quality of the field in the GP2 Main Series. "There are 18 drivers in the same second and as soon as one of them has a mishap he falls to the bottom of the starting grid. Everything can happen during the race itself, but the first thing we have to do is come out of the first turn in one piece."

Ocean Racing Technology is now prepares for a difficult weekend but they won't give up. The start of race one will take place on Saturday at 15:00.

-credit: ort

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Karun Chandhok , Alvaro Parente