Alvaro Parente will attempt to shrug off the disappointment of losing his grip on a reserve driver role with the new Virgin Racing F1 team by flying to Bahrain to participate in the third round of the current GP2 Asia Series with Coloni.
The Portuguese ace, who thought he had finally achieved his F1 breakthrough, was able to count on Aurora's support to accept the Italian team's invitation to return to GP2, and will look to remind potential employers of his ability as he takes on championship leader Davide Valsecchi in the penultimate double-header of the campaign two weeks before GP2 supports the grand prix fraternity at the same circuit in March.
"This return to GP2 Asia is acknowledged mainly as a preparation for the new season," Parente stated before boarding his 'plane, "Everything happened so fast and I only had time to grab my stuff and leave. I don't know the team's staff, but I know they are very pleased with my presence and it's an excellent opportunity to drive a GP2 car once more.
“I just want to do the best I can, knowing that they are already at the end of the championship and that it won't be easy. However, I am already acquainted with this circuit and, in the past, have had an outstanding race there, only ruined by a major problem with the car's tyres as well as small collision from [Edoardo] Mortara.”
Parente mentioned during the Aurora Racing Team's project presentation, which took place in Lisbon, that, this year, he 'would seize all opportunities in order to keep on competing and be able to fight his way in F1 in 2010 or 2011.”
The Portuguese driver was this week replaced by reigning F2 champion Andy Soucek as the second of Virgin's back-up squad, the Spaniard moving in alongside Luiz Razia.