Alvaro Parente won’t be driving in GP2 this weekend, as he’s in Spa driving a McLaren MP4-12C in the 24 hour race. Good luck Alvaro! The Portuguese driver will be replaced at Carlin by their original driver – Mikhail Aleshin. Aleshin has struggled to find a regular seat this year as he has had budget difficulties. He began with a complete GP2 Asia series for Carlin, then took part in the Turkey and Spain rounds of GP2. An injury meant he failed to start in Turkey, and he had miserable results in Spain – 16th and 18th. After a gap of just other a month, the Formula Renault 3.5 champion went to the Hungaroring with the series, picking up four points.
His next stop was Zolder, where he drove for Russia in Superleague Formula. In the first race he finished 11th, but took advantage of the reversed grid to finish 3rd as he got used to the V8 engines. Because England failed to finish the second race, he got into the Super Final, but stayed at the back and finished 8th.
Germany race winner Luca Filippi leads the Auto GP championship with 98 points over Kevin Ceccon’s 80 – a second place in race one or a win in race two – but has decided not to contest this weekend’s round. Instead, he will continue with Coloni in GP2. This is also an advantage to his Auto GP teammate Jon Lancaster, who is currently sixth in the championship and 47 points behind Luca.