As much as Bruno Senna has tried to graduate to F1 as quickly as possible, Alvaro Parente has taken the long route. Indeed it seems incredible that five years have passed since Parente won the British F3 championship and yet still has not found his way into F1. Certainly nothing on paper should be holding him back.
As far as experience goes Parente has done everything under the sun. He raced in Spanish and British F3, the F3 Euroseries, Renault World Series, GP2 Asia Series, GP2 series, Superleague, and A1 GP. That is a lot of categories that Parente has explored.
And not without success. He stormed to the 2004 British F3 title defeating Adam Carroll in dominant fashion. He also took the Renault World Series title in 2007 and is a race winner in GP2.
Yet the Portugese has not taken a F1 seat to date. Surely with so many seats begging he has a great chance to finally graduate to the top formula for 2010.
Current Championship: GP2
F1 Experience: Minimal, his only experience came from a one day test in 2007 for winning the Renault World Series.
Pros: Has a proven track record and has excelled in all forms of single seaters, including GP2.
Cons: Seems to attract very little attention and his success in GP2 doesn't really compare to the likes of Grosjean, Hulkenberg, or Di Grassi.
2010 Prospects: He is a good driver, no doubts about that, but thus far has been overlooked by F1 for most of his career. He needs to go asking rather than expect others to find him if he is to take a drive in 2010.