The temperatures in Valencia blew hot and cold for Ocean Racing Technology today for the second race of the GP2 Main Series weekend. Alvaro Parente was virtually on the podium when his race brutally ended following an error from Edoardo Mortara,...
The temperatures in Valencia blew hot and cold for Ocean Racing Technology today for the second race of the GP2 Main Series weekend. Alvaro Parente was virtually on the podium when his race brutally ended following an error from Edoardo Mortara, who badly calculated his braking distance and caused a collision with the Portuguese racer. Meanwhile, Karun Chandhok had one of his best races of the season when he crossed the finish line in the points with a 6th position, after a brilliant run from 21st on the grid.
Ocean Racing Technology showed their initial competitiveness with Alvaro Parente, author of a spectacular start that saw him go from fifth to third. Alas, he soon became an innocent victim of Mortara's error when he locked a wheel under braking into the second turn and forced Alvaro to slow and lose several places. Falling back to 6th, the driver of car number 25 climbed back to 3rd place by the fifth lap and quickly proved that he was faster than the driver in front of him. But, at the time of a new start following a safety car period, Mortara made yet another error and nullified all of Parente's efforts. "It is one of those situations where you can't do anything about it and it is a shame because the podium was ours. Everything was perfect; I had my best start of the season and I could have taken the lead had I not had to avoid the chaos in the two first turns. This DNF is excessively frustrating because it is the consequence of an event where I was powerless. After the safety car, Mortara made an unwise manoeuvre which cost him a drive through penalty but which cost me my race and maybe the best result for the team this year," explained Parente, who leaves Valencia with the points from 4th place secured in race one yesterday.
Meanwhile, teammate Karun Chandhok also contributed to the value of Ocean Racing Technology when following a DNF in the first race due to a collision caused by Davide Valsecchi, the Indian driver was left to start from the rear of the grid in 21st place for race two. However Karun was already up to 13th by lap two and 9th six laps later, before moving up yet another three places and defending the final points position from attacks by Davide Rigon. "It was an interesting and constructive race because we've been able to show what our level of competitiveness is. On a street circuit and with so many safety car periods, it was impossible to do any better! On one hand it is a good sign but on the other it is frustrating because my race showed that I could have secured a very good result in the second race if I could have been able to take the chequered flag in the first one. We are heading into the right direction but honestly I think we had our share of misfortune and I hope the last part of the championship will allow us to translate our competitiveness into great results," he said.
The three last rounds of the GP2 Main Series will take place in the next month, starting from next weekend when Ocean Racing Technology will race on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit where the GP2 Main Series will once again share the paddock with Formula 1.