GP2 trap explained… Alguersuari also fell for it
May 18, 2009 7 Comments
II have received many comments regarding the post on Alvaro Parente and what I called the “GP2 trap”.
The GP2 trap is when a competitive driver (such as Parente) begins to deeply believe that the lack of pace he suffers is due to the team and not to his driving. This belief is further strengthened when the driver thinks…. “if I was at ART (or iSport or Barwa….) I would be winning races.”
We all know GP2 has different levels of teams and I have written extensively on why that is and why it is now a vicious cycle that is killing the so-called “GP2 backmarkers”. If you are a driver and you find yourself there then you must internalize several things:
- If you’re not in a “top team” ask yourself why. Is it because I’m not good enough? Because I don’t have enough budget? Because I was too late?
- If you’re not in a “top team” what should you do? Complain and whine? Blame all my troubles on the team?
Bottom line, if you find yourself in an Ocean or Super Nova, you’d better take the opportunity of being in GP2 and make the most of it. I pick on Alvaro Parente because he’s a talented driver and he has the chance of making Ocean a top team in just one year. If Monteiro knows his team is slow, then he needs to handle it in-house with Alvaro and keep Alvaro away from these comments, which will just end up making things worst for the image of ORT.
Another who fell in this trap is British F3 champ Jaime Alguersuari. Highly protected by his family’s interests yet highly supported by Red Bull cash, Jaime did not go to GP2 but preferred to race in the World Series by Renault (category created and now managed by his father). So far, so good. Only problem is that Jaime openly said he did not go to GP2 because there were no seats in the “best teams”. Come on!! You want me to believe an F3 champ with Red Bull cash could not find a seat at iSport or Racing Engineering? I think it’s highly unlikely.
He was either too late on deciding, had no intentions on ever going or is scared of how vicious GP2 can be for a young champ like himself. Take your pick….
….or maybe we should as Dr. Marko?