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Catalunya: Javier Villa Friday report

Javier Villa couldn't have had worse luck in the first day of the GP2 event at Montmelo. A persistent problem with the fuel pump, similar to the one he already had in Bahrain qualifying, ruined all his chance of setting a competitive laptime as he...

Javier Villa couldn't have had worse luck in the first day of the GP2 event at Montmelo. A persistent problem with the fuel pump, similar to the one he already had in Bahrain qualifying, ruined all his chance of setting a competitive laptime as he was unable to complete a single fast lap in the final session of the day, the one that decides the grid for tomorrow's race.

Villa had already faced a troubled practice session where he could barely run after hitting for the first time the fuel pump problems that will drive him and his team mad all day. After the 30 minutes of free practice, Javi set a laptime some distance from what the driver expected to obtain in normal conditions. Nevertheless it was good enough for 15th and just half a second from the top five so it was still promising after all.

For qualifying the team was confident that the problem was cured but once out of the pits and while braking for the final chicane in order to get some clear air from the car in front in order to look for a quick lap, Javi suddenly noticed the problem again and went straight to the pits. The mechanics tried their best to fix the problem but with the short time available for qualifying it was nearly impossible. Villa was back to the track for a new attempt but, this time, the problem reared its head just when starting his flying lap. Definitely there was nothing he could do so he headed back to the pits where he was already thinking about the best strategy to recover as many places as possible in tomorrow's race starting so far back after all these unexpected problems

Declaraciones de Javier Villa: "We couldn't do a single fast lap in qualifying because something went wrong again with the fuel pump. It already happened in the free practice but we thought it was fixed afterwards, but when completing the first lap in qualifying I did notice the problem again and went back to the pits. The mechanics tried to fix it but when I was back to the track a few minutes later it happened again just when starting my flying lap."

-credit: www.javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa