Álvaro Parente

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Álvaro Parente
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Nationality  Portuguese
Born (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 29)
Porto (Portugal)
2014 FIA GT Series
Debut season 2012
Current team Hexis Racing
Starts 18
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
8th in 2012
Previous series
20082011
2008–09, 2009–10
200607
200405
2003
200102
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
Formula 3 Euro Series
Spanish Formula Three
Championship titles
2005
2007
British Formula Three
Formula Renault 3.5 Series

Álvaro Parente (born 4 October 1984 in Porto) is a Portuguese racecar driver. He is currently under contract with McLaren racing their GT cars for several customer teams.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After winning the Karting European Junior Championship in 1998, Parente made his debut in auto racing in 2001 at the age of 16, driving in the Spanish F3 Championship. In the following year, he was integrated into the Team Portugal project and scored a win on his way to 4th place in the series.

Formula Three[edit]

Parente than began a more international career in 2003, moving to the F3 Euroseries with Team Ghinzani, but the Mugen-Honda engine proved to be inferior to the Mercedes and he scored a single point. He did better with one-off entries in Italian Formula 3 and at Spa in a round of the British Formula 3 Championship, his first association with Carlin Motorsport, which was repeated that year in the Macau Grand Prix.

This brief contact paved the way for a contract with Carlin for the 2004 season, where he took part in the British series, scoring another win and finishing 7th in the championship standings. He also took part in the Marlboro Masters and at Macau, but in the former the Mugen-Honda could not take the fight to the Mercedes drivers and in the latter he was taken out in the first lap.

Parente stayed in the British Formula Three for another season, and his experience helped him to win the championship with four races to go, scoring a total of 11 wins. This result made him the natural candidate to represent A1 Team Portugal for the new A1 Grand Prix series.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

For 2006, Parente joined the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with the Victory Engineering team, and achieved his first win at Istanbul in only his fifth race in the category. He took two further wins at the Nürburgring and Circuit de Catalunya to finish fifth in the final standings. He had hoped to progress onto the GP2 Series in 2007, but a lack of sponsorship scuppered his plans. He did, however, return to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with the French Tech 1 Racing team, having signed a contract on the eve of the first pre-season test.[2]

Parente won the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with the Tech 1 Racing team.
Parente driving for Ocean Racing Technology at the Nürburgring round of the 2009 GP2 Series season.

During the 2007 season Parente took five podium finishes, including two race victories at Monaco and Spa, and was crowned World Series by Renault champion at the final round in Barcelona on 27 October.[3]

As a prize for winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Parente has tested for the Renault F1 team on 17 January 2008 at the Circuito de Jerez.[4]

GP2 Series[edit]

For 2008 Parente moved to the Super Nova Racing team in the GP2 Series,[5] widely regarded as the primary feeder series to Formula One.

Alvaro Parente made a stunning start to his GP2 career in the opening round of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya, Parente won the feature race making him the first Portuguese driver to win in GP2 Series.[6] Alvaro Parente led from start to finish, to claim victory ahead of Bruno Senna and Andreas Zuber. He eventually finished eighth in the drivers' championship.

Super Nova team nicknamed Parente as "Chachi", due to his likeness to the famous character in Happy Days.[7]

In 2009 Parente participated in the GP2 Asia Series with My Team Qi.Meritus, and competed in the GP2 Series with Ocean Racing Technology, finishing eighth once again.

Parente began the 2010 season without a drive, but replaced Alberto Valerio at the Coloni team from the Belgian round onwards.[8] On his return to the category, he scored a double podium finish, and ended the weekend as the highest scoring driver. He was replaced for the final round by James Jakes.

Parente again went into the 2011 GP2 Series season without a drive, but was called up by Racing Engineering for the second round of the championship at Catalunya. He replaced Christian Vietoris, who had complained of recurring headaches following a heavy crash at the first round in Turkey.[9] Vietoris returned after two rounds, but Parente remained in the series by switching to the Carlin team, where he took the seat previously occupied by Oliver Turvey. After a further six races, he relinquished the seat to Mikhail Aleshin.[10] He then returned for the season finale at Monza, ending up in 16th place in the drivers' championship.[11]

Superleague Formula[edit]

Parente agreed to race at the 2009 Estoril round of the 2009 Superleague Formula season for his football squad team, F.C. Porto, and went on to win the second race, on his series debut.

Formula One[edit]

Parente was a leading contender for a seat at Campos Meta, other contenders were Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado. On 15 December 2009, it was officially announced that Parente would join the new Virgin Racing team as a test driver.[12] However, he was not present at the launch of the VR-01 chassis in February 2010, and it was reported that he had left the team due to sponsorship problems.[13] Andy Soucek replaced Parente as the reserve driver.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles Points Position
2001 Spanish F3 Championship G-Tec 9 0 0 50 12th
E. V. Racing
2002 Spanish F3 Championship Racing Engineering 13 1 1 139 4th
2003 Formula 3 Euro Series Team Ghinzani 19 0 0 1 25th
Italian F3 Championship 2 1 1 34 9th
2003 Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 N/A 22nd
F3 Macau Grand Prix[14] Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 N/A NC
F3 Korea Super Prix[15] 1 0 0 N/A 10th
British F3 Championship 2 0 0 7 22nd
2004 British F3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 24 1 2 137 7th
2004 Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 N/A 34th
F3 European Cup[16] 1 0 0 N/A 8th
F3 Macau Grand Prix[17] 1 0 0 N/A NC
2005 British F3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 18 11 9 289 1st
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 20 0 0 66† 9th†
2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Victory Engineering 15 3 0 94 5th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 6 0 0 10† 17th†
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 17 2 2 129 1st
2008 GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 20 1 0 34 8th
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series Qi-Meritus Mahara 6 0 0 1 21st
2009 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 20 1 1 30 8th
Spanish GT Championship Aurora Racing Team 2 0 1 10 25th
Superleague Formula F.C. Porto 2 1 0 302† 5th†
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series Scuderia Coloni 4 0 0 12 8th
2010 GP2 Series Scuderia Coloni 4 0 0 13 15th
2011 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 4 0 0 8 16th
Carlin 8 0 0 0

† - Team standings.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Portugal GBR
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

11
POR
SPR

6
POR
FEA

5
AUS
SPR

2
AUS
FEA

7
MYS
SPR

9
MYS
FEA

18
UAE
SPR

8
UAE
FEA

4
RSA
SPR

8
RSA
FEA

3
IDN
SPR

19
IDN
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

Ret
MEX
FEA

10
USA
SPR

3
USA
FEA

4
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

9th 66
2006–07 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

8
RSA
FEA

5
MEX
SPR

14
MEX
FEA

7
SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

11
GBR
SPR

11
17th 10

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2006 Victory Engineering ZOL
1

DNS
ZOL
2

DNQ
MON
1

6
IST
1

3
IST
2

1
MIS
1

4
MIS
2

4
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

4
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

Ret
DON
1

17
DON
2

Ret
LMS
1

12
LMS
2

11
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

1
5th 94
2007 Tech 1 Racing MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

4
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

10
MON
1

1
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

Ret
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

6
DON
1

4
DON
2

Ret
MAG
1

6
MAG
2

4
EST
1

6
EST
2

7
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

6
1st 129

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 Super Nova Racing ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

7
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

8
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

3
FRA
FEA

9
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

16
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

3
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

16
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

12
8th 34
2009 Ocean Racing Technology ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

10
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

11
ITA
SPR

Ret
POR
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

4
8th 30
2010 Scuderia Coloni ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

12
ITA
SPR

9
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
15th 13
2011 Racing Engineering TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

7
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

16
16th 8
Carlin VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

18
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

20
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA

12
ITA
SPR

12

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 Qi-Meritus Mahara CHN
FEA

CHN
SPR

DUB
FEA

DUB
SPR

BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

QAT
FEA

17
QAT
SPR

16
MYS
FEA

11
MYS
SPR

9
BHR2
FEA

Ret
BHR2
SPR

13
21st 1
2009–10 Scuderia Coloni ABU1
FEA

ABU1
SPR

ABU2
FEA

ABU2
SPR

BHR1
FEA

6
BHR1
SPR

Ret
BHR2
FEA

4
BHR2
SPR

3
8th 12

Superleague Formula[edit]

2009[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2009 F.C. Porto Hitech Junior Team MAG ZOL DON EST MOZ JAR 5th 302
16 1

2009 Super Final Results[edit]

  • Super Final results in 2009 did not count for points towards the main championship.
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6
2009 F.C. Porto
Hitech Junior Team
MAG ZOL DON EST
DNQ
MOZ JAR

2010[edit]

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2010 F.C. Porto Reid Motorsport SIL
ASS
MAG
JAR
NÜR
ZOL
BRH
ADR
POR
ORD
BEI
NAV
7th 495
4 5 5 11 16 X 5 11 X 8 11 X 17 1 X 11 12 X 11 4 6 6 11 X 3 17 X 15 1 C 8 1 6

† Round at Beijing was a non-championship event with no points given out for any of the races.

FIA GT competition results[edit]

GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Hexis Racing McLaren NOG
QR

4
NOG
CR

Ret
ZOL
QR

10
ZOL
CR

7
NAV
QR

2
NAV
QR

4
SVK
QR

Ret
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

8
ALG
CR

Ret
SVK
QR

9
SVK
CR

9
MOS
QR

6
MOS
CR

2
NÜR
QR

5
NÜR
CR

Ret
DON
QR

3
DON
CR

3
11th 65

FIA GT Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Sébastien Loeb Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Pro NOG
QR

1
NOG
CR

12
ZOL
QR

17
ZOL
CR

13
ZAN
QR

Ret
ZAN
CR

14
SVK
QR

1
SVK
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

1
NAV
CR

1
BAK
QR

14
BAK
CR

2
4th 82

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2014 Voxx Racing Peugeot 408 INT
1

Ret
SCZ
1

SCZ
2

BRA
1

BRA
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

GOI
1

CAS
1

CAS
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

VEL
1

VEL
2

SAL
1

SAL
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

RBP
1

RBP
2

CUR
1

NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 Ram Racing LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
6
SPA
LMS
Ret
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
19th* 8*

* Season in progress

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 United Kingdom Ram Racing Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
Italy Federico Leo
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
140 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Álvaro Parente renova contrato com McLaren". Diário de Notícias. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Parente secures Tech 1 seat". crash.net. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Parente podium enough to take title". crash.net. 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Parente completes Renault test at Jerez". autosport.com. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Super Nova confirm Parente, Bakkerud". autosport.com. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Parente romps to win on debut". crash.net. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ Buxton, Will (April 2008). "GP2: Happy Days for Chachi". GPWeek.com 1 (8): pp.26. 
  8. ^ "Parente rejoins GP2 with Coloni". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  9. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2011-05-19). "Vietoris to miss Barcelona". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  10. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2011-07-28). "Mikhail Aleshin rejoins Carlin for Hungaroring GP2 weekend". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  11. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2011-09-07). "Parente returns to Carlin for Monza GP2 round". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  12. ^ Elizalde, Pablo; Glendenning, Mark (2009-12-15). "Parente, Razia join Virgin as testers". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Funding woe costs Parente Virgin role". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  14. ^ F3 Macau 2003 results driverdb.com
  15. ^ F3 Korea Super Prix 2003 results driverdb.com
  16. ^ F3 European Cup 2004 results driverdb.com
  17. ^ F3 Macau 2004 results driverdb.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nelson Angelo Piquet
British Formula Three
Champion

2005
Succeeded by
Mike Conway
Preceded by
Alx Danielsson
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Giedo van der Garde