ORT happy with progress so far
16 March 2009 – Ocean Racing Technology is positive with its latest progress following the test in France last week; team Manager Dave Ward commented on both the competitiveness and attitude from his drivers as crucial and tedious off-season mileage was racked up, which also acted as an introductory session for the new drivers.
"The three days at Paul Ricard last week were very intense and we barely slept as there is not time to waste when you are preparing for your first season in the GP2 main series," Ward said. Having competed in the GP2 Asia series over the winter, the team now introduces new and respected drivers Karun Chandhok and Álvaro Parente to their car.
"We tried several solutions and gathered a lot of important data," continued the team Manager. "We will keep working with might and main but we have already had a glimpse of our competitiveness."
India's Chankhok, who moves from iSport and it the older of the two drivers, concentrated on the setup and balance of the car for his first season with ORT: "I know we will be more competitive at the first race in Barcelona, but the Paul Ricard test was already very good in helping the team to get to grips. My aim is to be fast right at the start of the season and I am pretty sure that will be the case."
Like his team-mate, Parente's single-seater experience will go a long way to assisting the team as it adapts to the series for the first time. "We've developed the car in the right way," the 24-year-old said. "It was my first experience working with Ocean and it's been really productive; the team gave me a warm welcome and I expect its involvement and its work to be fruitful in the near future." Parente, racing cars since he was 16, was British Formula 3 champion in 2005 as well as in the World Series by Renault two years ago.
2009 also sees the debut of the team's new blue livery, which will debut in race action for the first time at the Spanish Grand Prix meeting in May.