Parente secures first points at the Nurburgring Ocean Racing Technology on row two for second race Alvaro Parente secured 6th place after a brave fight in the first race of the GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring this afternoon, earning him ...
Parente secures first points at the Nurburgring
Ocean Racing Technology on row two for second race
Alvaro Parente secured 6th place after a brave fight in the first race of the GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring this afternoon, earning him his first points of the 2009 Championship season. It also marks the fourth time that Ocean Racing Technology has finished in the points in its rookie season in the series.
Alvaro actually lost places at the start of the race but was able to recover them easily enough in the first turn. He then attacked for the rest of the race, even fighting with championship leader, Romain Grosjean, and Lucas di Grassi, who he ended up passing just before half distance.
This 6th place for the Portuguese driver now opens up a strong opportunity for the second race that will get underway at 10:30 am tomorrow morning. "It was an interesting race during which my car was really good. The start didn't go that well but I didn't panic and I found a way to regain a few positions on the very first lap. From then on I was always fighting for points. Coming out of the pits, I was anxious to keep my position but I was caught out by my cold tyres and I spun in the first corner. Fortunately I caught up fast and I could overtake di Grassi a few laps later, then I was able to take the fight to Grosjean. I was faster than him but I didn't want to take any risks. He then had a technical problem which allowed me to get through. It is a positive afternoon, I am satisfied and now I can look for a good result in the second race."
Starting the race from the 8th row of the grid, teammate Karun Chandhok was caught in a lot of traffic but was still able to fight his way up to eleventh place. The Indian driver was quick and was knocking on the door of the top ten but ended up conceding a place to Jerome d'Ambrosio. Chandhok regrets that his race was dictated by a race strategy that was put in place as a result of his poor qualifying result due to being severely hampered by traffic. "Because I was starting from the back of the grid I opted for a different set-up than Alvaro. It worked for him but not for me. Sometimes you have to take some risks and now my aim will be to secure some points on Sunday. The first lap will be crucial and I will need perfect concentration in order to overtake a few drivers who are slower than me but higher up on the grid."
The second race at the Nurburgring should take place under cloudy skies with a maximum temperature lower than 20C.