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Asia: Bahrain II: Javier Villa qualifyng report

GP2 Asia Series - Bahrain, Friday In spite of the changes in the setup of his Dallara for the last qualifying attempt not giving the results expected by the driver and team, Javier Villa took a position on the fifth row of the grid for the first...

GP2 Asia Series - Bahrain, Friday

In spite of the changes in the setup of his Dallara for the last qualifying attempt not giving the results expected by the driver and team, Javier Villa took a position on the fifth row of the grid for the first of the two races due in this final weekend of the GP2 Asia Series, nevertheless he will start the Feature Race with a definite possibility of fighting for the points scoring positions.

In getting among the top ten without problems is still reckoned by the driver as a slightly disappointing result, after the good feelings he had in free practice while focusing on setting up the car for the race without looking for fast times. This clearly shows how good the work being carried out by the Spaniard and his team, Super Nova throughout their participation in the Asian GP2 series has been. Today Javi was aiming for a position at the top of the timesheets, but the final changes carried out to the setup of his car meant he lost around three tenths in the quick esses and the final corner, just when the track was getting faster, still finishing just five tenths away from the pole, so his chances to be on the pace tomorrow are high.

For the Feature Race, Javi will return to the setup used in the initial part of qualifying, adding also a slightly longer gear ratio to gain top speed and be able to take advantage of the long straights of Bahrain's circuit, which are the most favourable points to overtake. Villa's aim for Saturday will be to quickly pass as many rivals as possible in order not to lose sight of the cars at the front, and so fight for a good position that would allow him to score points and also get a good starting position for the final race of the GP2 Asian season to be run on Sunday morning.

Javier Villa's own words: "At the end of the qualifying I was ninth, at five tenths behind. I really thought that I could have pushed a bit more, after seeing how well I felt in free practice, but I believe that we know where the problem was and it gives me confidence. Tomorrow it will be a very long race, with a lot of heat and on a circuit where you have two or three places to overtake, so I am sure that we will fight at least to get among the top five. Let's see what happens and let's hope that all goes well for us."

-credit: www.javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa