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Alvaro Parente will race with Carlin’s GP2 team in Valencia this weekend, making a welcome return to the team who took him to the 2005 British F3 title. The Portuguese racer, who has race winning experience in F1’s strongest feeder series, will race alongside Max Chilton on the Valencia street circuit this weekend.

Parente has competed in four GP2 races so far this season, taking two top ten finishes, including a podium in Monaco. Parente makes a welcome return to Carlin this weekend, having raced with the team in 2004 and 2005 in British Formula Three, taking the 2005 title. In 2006, Parente raced in the Carlin managed Victory Engineering Formula Renault 3.5 team, taking six podiums and three wins in his rookie season in the series.

As well as being an experience single-seater driver, Parente is now part of the McLaren GT driver line-up for its 2011 development programme.

Speaking about his return, Parente said, “I’m excited to be back with Carlin. I spent three great years with Trevor and the team from 2004 to 2006 and it’s nice to back, so thanks to the team for giving me this opportunity. I’m also really happy to be racing in GP2, it’s the category closest to F1 and it’s a big challenge for the drivers. I must say a big thank you to McLaren, not only for giving me an opportunity in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3, but also for allowing me to race in GP2. I’m extremely happy and very excited about helping Carlin in their first season in the series.”

Parente joins Max Chilton in Valencia, who is aiming for some more good results, following two top seven finishes last time out in Monaco. “I think we’re doing a great job just three rounds into our first GP2 season. Without some really bad luck in the opening race in Istanbul I could have scored points there, so I think it’s been a positive start to the season for the team. Valencia is a great track as well, it’s possible to overtake and it doesn’t really feel like a street circuit. It’s a one off circuit really, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Trevor Carlin added, “We have great respect for Alvaro, and know from experience what a talented and quick racing driver he is. We’ve shown in the last couple of races what we’re capable of as a team and with Max and Alvaro we’re expecting to make further progress this weekend in Valencia.”

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente had a tough weekend at Monza and, though he was one of the fastest drivers in the Saturday’s race, he left the historic Italian circuit empty handed.

The Portuguese driver was one of the stars of the first race, reaching the third place, after starting from seventeenth in a wet track. Alvaro Parente driving was amazing and he was the fastest driver on track for long periods of time.

However, without radio communications in his car, the Ocean Racing Technology driver cut the first chicane once too many to avoid contacts with other drivers and was handed a drive through penalty. “I was attacking everywhere and I was fast, but, during my fight with di Grassi I had to cut the first chicane or we would touch each other. The radio didn’t work along all race and I didn’t know many times I crossed the chicane. To tell the truth, I didn’t even know about the penalty and, when I came in to the drive through, I thought it was to do my pit-stop. Only when the team told me to keep going I understood what was going on”, said the driver supported by Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

Alvaro Parente would ended the first race in the seventh position, a place that would give a good chance of fighting for the first place in today’s race. However, the twenty-four years old driver would suffer another penalty – twenty-five seconds to add to his race time – later in the day, something that put him in the eleventh place.

With this result, the Spa-Francorchamps winner just had one solution for the second race of the weekend: to attack. “I think that today race was spoiled by yesterday’s result. At Saturday, I did a great race that could give me a podium. But, with two penalties I ended in a disappointed eleventh place. Today, I had to take some risks to get some points. I took my chances, but I lost”, said the driver that was fighting for the sixth place with Giedo van der Garde, who won yesterdays race, when he spun.

After the Monza round, Alvaro Parente is already looking ahead and is focused in the last weekend of the season, which will be held at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. “From this weekend, the only positive thing that we can take is Saturday’s good showing. Now, the only thing that matter is the Algarve weekend, where I want to achieve a good result to give to the Portuguese fans”, said the driver from Oporto.

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente had today a hard day, achieving the eighteenth place of the grid for the Monza GP2 race, though he had some problems with his car.

After a magnificent victory at Spa-Francorchamps, it was expected that the Portuguese driver would keep showing his qualities at Monza, since that, usually, the Italian circuit set-up is very similar to the one used at the Belgian track. However, Alvaro Parente soon started to feel some difficulties with his Dallara Renault set-up and ended in Parabolica’s gravel after experiencing brake instability.

In the qualifying his situation didn’t improve and his problems were showed by the eighteenth time that he signed, leading the Ocean Racing Technology team, since that Karun Chandhok had the same problems that he had. “We gave our best, but we couldn’t do any better. Our car lacked general grip, something that didn’t gave us the confidence to attack in the best way the braking areas and the chicanes. In the end of the qualifying, with used tires, we took some risks with the kerbs but I spun”, said the driver supported by Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision, who will start tomorrow from seventeenth, courtesy of the grid penalty inflicted to Dani Clos.

The Ocean Racing Technology driver is aware that he will have a hard day tomorrow, but he is confident in his team and underlines that he will attack to get a good result. ”The first race will be very hard, because we will start from the back of the field. However, we will try to fix the problems that we experienced today so we can do the best we can and recover some places”, concluded Alvaro Parente.

Alvaro ParenteAfter two victorious weekends, Alvaro Parente goes to the Italian GP2 round with high motivation and is confident in a good result, though he knows that it won’t be easy to continue his winning stream.

The Oporto’s driver huge talent has been in the spotlight in the last couple of weeks, after winning the first GP2 race of Spa-Francorchamps and the second Superleague Formula race at Estoril, in a car and in a competition that he didn’t know.

In the next weekend Alvaro Parente will be at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the next round of the competition that gave more drivers to Formula 1 in the last few years, a circuit that he already knows and where, at 2005, he emphatically won all the three British F3 Championship races. “Monza is a special circuit, it’s different from all the others where we have been this season. Its long straights demand a low downforce car and with a good mechanical grip to brake well for the chicanes and to have good traction to come out of the slow corners. It’s one of the most important circuits of the world and I enjoy it very much; I’ve already won there”, said the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

The twenty-four years old driver, after the successes from the last two weekends, underlines that he won’t be complacent and says that he work even harder to be again in the top step of podium. “We will work through the weekend to keep the pace that we show at Spa-Francorchamps, something that I think we can achieve. Our goal is to do two good races and to try to repeat the win from Spa-Francorchamps, but it will be hard, because the GP2 field is very competitive”, said the Ocean Racing Technology driver.

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente showed today all his talent, after dominating from flag to flag the first GP2 race of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, scoring his second win the category and Ocean Racing Technology’s first.

A remarkable exhibition, yesterday, permitted him to start this afternoon from the pole-position which launched him to an imperial level in today’s race, leading every lap bar the one in which pitted. His superiority was clear to all to see and, after the race, he could add to his C.V. a win, a pole-position and a fastest lap.

“I didn’t start very well, because of a new clutch set-up, but the car was very well balanced”, began to say the twenty-four years old, that added: “I was very fastest, especially in the middle sector, and I started to gain an advantage to the pack and, with a good pit-stop from the team, I started to control the race and the gap for Nico Hulkenberg. When the Safety-Car came out, Nico was nearer, but I maintained a strong pace without taking too many risks, because there was such much oil on the track and it was easy to make a mistake”.

With two laps to go, the Safety-Car came out again, after the Stefano Coletti big shunt, but Alvaro Parente crossed the finishing line soon after, conquering his second GP2 win and giving to Ocean Racing Technology its first success.

The twenty-four years old driver, who is now sixth in the drivers’ standings, was deeply happy with today’s result, but his thoughts are already in tomorrow’s race. “It was fantastic to win this race and be able to offer to Ocean Racing Technology its first victory. However, now we have to focus in tomorrow’s race. I’ll start from eighth and I’ll give my best to reach another strong result”, underlined with confidence the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente, showed once again, why he is considered one of the most promised drivers of the GP2 field and achieved today the pole-position for tomorrow’s race.

The Portuguese driver began his weekend very well, showing at the morning practice that he was a strong contender in the Spa-Francorchamps fantastic circuit, after ending in a good second place.

It was possible to see his speed in a very competitive qualifying, and with a lap of the gods in a very demanding circuit, he put himself in the top of the time sheets, imposing his huge talent to grab his first GP2 pole-position. “This is a very important result for me and for the team! Since the practice that we were very competitive and we maintained our pace for the qualifying. I was able to do a good lap in the end of the session and that put me in the pole-position”, said the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

During his career, his qualities were always clearly shown in the daunting circuit designed in the Ardennes forest, the perfect scenario for the first GP2 pole-position of the Ocean Racing Technology driver: “I strongly enjoy Spa-Francorchamps, it’s a circuit where the driver still makes the difference and to achieve my first GP2 pole-position here it’s very special for me”.

Though he has pulled off a great result today, Alvaro Parente is already focused in tomorrow’s race. He will start from the head of the field, but the driver from Oporto doesn’t expect an easy life and knows that, only giving his best, he may reach his goal – to win. “We are where we wanted to be, but tomorrow’s race will be very hard. The start will be very important, as the pit-stops, but if we can show a good pace since the starting lights, I think that we can win”, underlined with confidence the twenty-four years old driver.

Alvaro ParenteNext weekend GP2 Series will be at Spa-Francorchamps for another round, a circuit where Alvaro Parente always excels. Meanwhile, he will be racing a week after in the Portuguese Superleague Formula round.

After, once again, showing at Valencia that he is one of the most promising drivers of the category that precedes Formula 1, Alvaro Parente shows confidence for the next weekend. “At Valencia we were competitive and just some bad luck prevented us of getting a hand full of points. I think that we can be competitive again at Spa-Francorchamps, because our car should suit well to the Belgian circuit characteristics”, underlined the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur e Cision.

Alvaro Parente always got good results at Spa-Francorchamps during his career, as it’s possible to see with his wins at Formula Renault 3.5 World Series or with the pole-positions he conquered in the British F3 International Series, besides the second place that he achieve last year in the Belgian circuit, in his GP2 debut season. The Portuguese driver admits the Ardennes circuit pleases him and shows the will to enrich his CV in the next weekend. “Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite circuits and I have always reached good results there – I think it has a layout where the drivers still make the difference. Our goal for the next weekend is to be at the front and to fight for the top positions”, said the Ocean Racing Technology driver.

Meanwhile, the driver from Oporto accepted the invitation made to him by Futebol Clube do Porto to drive its car in the Portuguese Superleague Formula round, which will be held at the Autodromo do Estoril in less than two weekends. “It was an in invitation that I, the Polaris Sports and the team couldn’t refused, because it’s such an honour to defend Futebol Clube do Porto’s colours. It’s an opportunity to race again at Portugal, after more than one year far from the Portuguese circuits. It’s a championship with which I’m not familiar with, but I know that it is very competitive. As I usually do, I’ll give my best and I’ll try to achieve the best result I can”, pointed out the twenty-four years old driver.

However, now, Alvaro Parente is focused in the GP2 Spa-Francorchamps where a good result is, clearly, at his reach.

Alvaro ParenteAlvaro Parente had today a difficult qualifying for the first GP2 race of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix and will start from fourteenth, because of the track traffic.

The sinuosity nature of the Hungarian circuit played against the Portuguese youngster, with a red flag preventing him of extract the best performance from his first set of tires while with the second set it was the track traffic that didn’t allow him to fulfil his potential, clearly showed in the practice session with the fifth fastest time, albeit a electrical problem stopped him at the track.

In the beginning of the session Alvaro Parente reached the sixth fastest time, after a good lap with his first of tires, but a red flag – courtesy of Romain Grosjean and Franck Perera clash – and the traffic, fuelled by the competitive nature of the GP2 field, sent him to the fourteenth position of the grid.

This is a result that doesn’t please the Ocean Racing Technology driver that, nevertheless, ended less than a second from the poleman – Lucas di Grassi. “This was a very difficult qualifying. The car lost some performance with the temperature rise, but worse than that was the traffic and the red flag in the beginning of the session. I always gave my best, but when was being faster I caught a car in the last corner and that prevented me to improve my time” underlined the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

In a circuit where overtaking is very difficult, it’s possible to anticipate a tough race for the Portuguese driver, but it’s expected, as usually, a maximum-attack race from him and, with a good race strategy, he might achieve a good result. “It won’t be easy to get a good result at Hungaroring, because here it’s very important to start from a good grid position. However, it’s is expected a fresher weather for tomorrow, and that may allow us to show the pace that we had this morning and this, with a good strategy, may permit us to reach the points”, said Alvaro Parente.

Alvaro ParenteAt Nurburgring Alvaro Parente reached the podium for the first time this season, something that left him stronger and more motivated, expecting that at Hungaroring, where in the next weekend will be held the sixth round of this GP2 season, he may keep the good results flow.

The Hungarian circuit is very different from the German’s and has some similarities with Monaco, because of its sinuosity, though is much more forgivable. The Portuguese youngster is aware of the difficulties that he will experience, but he is confident that he may show the pace that he has been demonstrating since the begin of the season and, once again, he expects to fight for the top positions. “The Hungaroring layout is very slow, it has lots of slow corners and has a small straight, which doesn’t give too much room for us to relax, and usually this weekend is very hot, which makes the races very tough physically. I think that we may have a competitive car and that makes me very confident for both races”, said the Ocean Racing Technology’s driver.

Some problems disrupted the begin of the season of the twenty-four years old driver, which prevented him of getting the results that were clearly in his reach. Though, Alvaro Parente was always aware that it was just a bad moment that, sooner or later, would be overcome, as it was possible to verify at Nurburgring. At Hungaroring the youngster from Oporto wants to proceed with the good results and has the podium in his sights. “The results from Nurburgring showed that we have the pace to be in the front of the field. I always knew that we could fight for the top positions and that gave me the will to try even harder and to get good results – the Nurburgring weekend was just fruits of that effort. At Hungary I’ll give my best again and I’m confident that, with Ocean Racing Technology help, I may fight for the top-eight and for the podium”, underlined with confidence the driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

Alvaro Parente, on the back of yesterday’s points, reach the Nurburgring podium, today, after a good race in difficults conditions.

The Portuguese youngster started from third, which gave him good chances for the second GP2 race of the German Formula 1 Grand Prix, but with a wet track drying up it was expected difficulties for all drivers.

Alvaro Parente started well, putting himself in a position where he could lead the race after the first corner, but there he had to slow down to avoid a clash with his Silverstone beheader – Vitaly Petrov – and ended the first lap in the third position. The driver from Oporto began to attack Kamui Kobayashi, but, then, he couldn’t avoid to be overtaken by Nico Hulkenberg, who was flying in a car well balanced for a wet track. However, his sights were in a podium position and he never gave up of that goal.

Vitaly Petrov was in his reach – after being served with a drive-though, courtesy of a clash (another) with Lucas di Grassi – and spun under the pressure of the Ocean Racing Technology driver. Later Alvaro Parente overtook Kamui Kobayashi with an authoritarian maneuver, reaching an exceptional second place. “We had our car balanced predominately for the dry, because we expected the track to dry up sooner than it did, and then we had to do a cautious race, avoiding the mistakes and preserving the tires, but with a good pace. ART and Addax had a different strategy and it was impossible to keep its drivers’ pace. We had a good race and this is the result that all the team deserves”, underlined the twenty-four years old driver supported by Soccerade, Delta, TMN, Aurora Group, Geotur and Cision.

After the yesterday’s points, today’s podium couldn’t arrive in a better moment, which left Alvaro Parente really pleased , though he is already thinking in the next races. “This was a very positive weekend for us, we deserved this kind of results for a long time. Now, we have to keep pushing to maintain this results and to improve, because our goal is to win”, said the Ocean Racing Technology driver.

The GP2 series will return in two weeks time, at Hungaroring, where is expected that Alvaro Parente keeps showing his talent and where he hopes to attain the results that are in his reach.