Monza: Ocean Racing Tech race two report

The Italian weekend did not have a good outcome for Ocean Racing Technology. Extremely competitive in the wet (feature race) as well as in the dry (sprint race), GP2 Main Series' Portuguese team missed out on securing any real success after being...

The Italian weekend did not have a good outcome for Ocean Racing Technology. Extremely competitive in the wet (feature race) as well as in the dry (sprint race), GP2 Main Series' Portuguese team missed out on securing any real success after being unable to transform its potential into solid results.

Following the same example as race one, the second Monza event ended in disillusionment for Alvaro Parente. After starting 11th on the grid, the Spa-Francorchamps winner had a strong start and was making his way up into the points when he lost control of his single-seater into braking for Rettifilo and was forced to retire. At the time of his exit, Parente was as fast as the leader, and was on the verge of securing 6th place. "I was having an excellent race and was systematically gaining places on each lap," Parente explained, "but I spun trying to get past 6th place, Giedo Van der Garde, and it was the end of my race. I regret this conclusion to a disappointing weekend but we have to put it behind us and focus on the races we will have in front of our home crowd next weekend."

Meanwhile, starting down in 19th position for the sprint race, teammate Karun Chandhok finished twelfth. "It was not an easy race. To start among the last cars will always make your life harder because you have to be twice as cautious at the start and when you overtake somebody. The weekend was tough but I think everything will be better in Portugal for the season finale."

The season finale of the GP2 Main Series will take place next week on the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

-credit: ort

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Alvaro Parente