GP2 »

Parente penalty costs Monza pole.


As if the untimely arrival of torrential rain and the need to start, later than advertised, behind the safety car wasn't enough for the GP2 Series organisers to contend with at Monza, the feature race result had to be altered after the event.

Having already been targeted for cutting the chicane on three occasions, Alvaro Parente was subsequently handed a penalty for speeding in the pit-lane during his compulsory tyre stop, dropping him out of the points after a fight through the field from a poor qualifying slot.

Despite starting from 17th on the grid, however, the weather-affected feature had seen the Portuguese driver fighting with Lucas di Grassi for third place before picking up a drive-thru' penalty for cutting the chicane, but still crossed the line in seventh position. The addition of a 25-second post-race penalty, however, drops the Spa race winner to eleventh in the final standings, with Javier Villa promoted to seventh place and Luiz Razia to eighth, and Sunday morning's pole.

The end result naturally left Parente with a bitter taste in his mouth.

"It was a tough race because of the atmospheric conditions, but a great one in terms of performance," the Portuguese driver admitted, "I was third and closing the gap with the leaders when I was handed a drive-thru' for cutting the chicane three times - but only because of aquaplaning against which I had no control. I lost a lot of positions and the podium was not on the cards anymore, but seventh position was a promising quantum of solace for the second race.

"However, the 25-second penalty I was handed after the race made me fall back to eleventh position. The last penalty was two really because, without the last safety car neutralisation, I would have lost only one position. There is still the satisfaction of having an excellent race but, on the other hand, the result is frustrating."


Tagged as: Monza , feature , penalty , Alvaro Parente

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Alvaro Parente - Ocean Racing Technology   [pic credit: GP2 Series]
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates in the car after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates on the podium after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Alexander Rossi (Racing Engineering), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) and Sergio Canamasas (MP Motorsport) celebrate on the podium at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 3 - Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) celebrates with champagne after winning the feature race at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Monte Carlo, Monaco. Friday 22 May 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix). World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium with Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) and Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering).
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 09 May 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS), Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) at the start of the race. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 09 May 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) & Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.