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Ocean hoping to keep surfing wave of success
24 July 2009
After the second place secured by Álvaro Parente at the Nurburgring last time out, and Karun Chandhok's podium finish at Silverstone, Ocean Racing Technology is hoping to ride the wave of recent success to Hungary this weekend.
The Portuguese squad is determined to secure more points as reward for the hard work and development that has gone into raising its game since acquiring the former BCN franchise during the winter, while, by opening his account with two point scores in Germany, Alvaro Parente appears to have shaken a monkey from his back.
"The German result was really good and we want to keep up the great work as well as our progression," Parente admitted, "I am motivated by my work with the team and by the desire to secure a good result in Budapest."
The Hungarian circuit is very different from the Nurburgring, having more similarity with Monaco, but Parente is hoping that he can show the same sort of pace that he has been demonstrating - often without luck - since the start of the season.
The track is one of the slowest on the calendar and its kerbs are aggressive, but we're adapting the car specifically for this and are therefore confident that we will be able to find the right set-up for qualifying," he noted, "A lot of slow corners and a small straight doesn't give too much room for us to relax, and usually this weekend is very hot, which makes the races very tough physically. But I think that we may have a competitive car and that makes me very confident for both races.
“The results from the Nurburgring showed that we have the pace to be at 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.”