Ocean Racing Technology in the points at Silverstone Chandhok 6th, Parente DNF Ocean Racing Technology concluded the first race at Silverstone with six place and three points thanks to a brilliant drive from Karun Chandhok, who made his way up...
Ocean Racing Technology in the points at Silverstone
Chandhok 6th, Parente DNF
Ocean Racing Technology concluded the first race at Silverstone with six place and three points thanks to a brilliant drive from Karun Chandhok, who made his way up through the field from eleventh place on the grid. This is the best result for the young Portuguese team since its debut in the GP2 Main Series Championship.
Alvaro Parente, who started from the second row of the grid, was forced to retire after contact with Vitaly Petrov at the start of the race when the suspension on the no.25 was unable to survive the impact.
The frustration of Parente's retirement, which left him unable to capitalize on his excellent performance in qualifying, was compensated by the strong performance from Karun Chandhok, who fought for some time against the championship leader, Romain Grosjean, for 5th place. The Indian racer's eventual sixth place will enable him to start Sunday's second race from third on the grid while teammate Parente will need to pray for exceptional conditions in order to make it into the points from 24th.
Karun Chandhok is definitely happy to have secured points for the second time this season... "After our misfortune in qualifying, I am totally satisfied with this result. We have lost so many points since the beginning of the season, points that were within our grasp, that it's a genuine pleasure to secure some again," Karun said. "I made a good start and climbed up the pecking order until I reached 6th position. The car was efficient and I was able to keep up with the front runners. I lost three positions during my pit stop but I overtook Zuber on the track. Then I caught up with Grosjean, but my tyres started to become seriously degraded and it was impossible to attack him. Tomorrow I will start from 3rd and it is my aim to securer more points for Ocean Racing Technology because they deserve so much more than their current tally."
As for the team's Portuguese driver, he does not attempt to hide his disillusionment... "There's not much to say. My race was over before it even started. When it happens to you in the first race, the second one is even more difficult. I will now start from the back of the grid and my aim will be to move up as many places as possible," Alvaro concluded.