The GP2 series race season starts this weekend at Montmelo, scene of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. For Javier Villa it will be his third season in the category driving for Racing Engineering, and he faces the year as one of the main contenders for...
The GP2 series race season starts this weekend at Montmelo, scene of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. For Javier Villa it will be his third season in the category driving for Racing Engineering, and he faces the year as one of the main contenders for the championship.
The continuous progress shown by the young Spaniard since his GP2 maiden run at the beginning of 2006 really delivered on results last year with the victories that put him among the elite of the F1 feeder series. This progression continued during the winter tests, with Villa always among the fastest at the wheel of the new Dallara that will be run by all the GP2 teams this season. The GP2 series begins in 2008 its second cycle with a new single seater design that is closer to Formula 1 and Javi has already shown he is really comfortable in driving it. The new GP2 car is a big evolution from the old one, especially at the aerodynamic level, which makes it more effective, something displayed by the Spaniard in the test sessions, always lapping faster than the previous year at all the tracks.
The good work done in winter should be the base to find a good setup in the Friday free practice session in order to allow Villa to fight for the front positions in the qualifying that decides the starting grid for Saturday's feature race. Villa's first target will be to put himself in one of the front row of the grid and, from there, to fight for a podium position in front of his home crowd that will once again fill the Montmelo grandstands.
Starting the season 'at home' is always a double edged sword as it adds an extra responsibility to the local drivers. However Javi has already shown that he can handle this pressure very well and is already looking forward to the beginning of the track action in order to start the season with a good result to set him on his way to his personal target for this year: to get one of the top three positions in the championship.