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Javier Villa Barcelona test notes 2009-03-23

The good feelings continued for Javier Villa in the 2009 pre-season tests of the GP2 Series. In the first of three days of running due this week at the Montmelo circuit, the Spanish driver was again in the top five at the end of the day, after ...

The good feelings continued for Javier Villa in the 2009 pre-season tests of the GP2 Series. In the first of three days of running due this week at the Montmelo circuit, the Spanish driver was again in the top five at the end of the day, after setting the fifth fastest time in the afternoon session, which was when most drivers run their highest number of laps.

In the morning, with three days of testing ahead and the asphalt dirty and with little grip', the teams waited for quite a time before they decided to send their drivers out on the track. This late appearance together with the use of Bridgestone's medium compound during these tests, which wears out quickly on a track as hard on the rubber as Montmelo, meant that the best laptimes were set in the first few laps of every driver. Unfortunately Javier Villa spun which prevented him from taking advantage of the optimum time for his tires, so that his best laptime, set with an almost worn-out set of tyres, prevented him from finishing the morning session in the top positions.

After doing some changes in the setup of his car, Javi was back again at the wheel of Super Nova's Dallara in the afternoon session and his times were again among the fastest. Following the trend showed during the tests at Paul Ricard, Villa finished with the fifth best time despite not running whilst there was still forty minutes remaining to complete the session and only using the one new set of tyres decided on for the day, whereas several of his rivals were fitting fresh rubber for the last moments of practice.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the tests will continue at Montmelo, and will be completed on Wednesday in what will be last day of practice for all the teams before the beginning of the season. With more rubber on the track and a forecast of lower temperatures, it's expected that the laptimes will improve a lot, especially in the morning session.

Javier Villa's own words: "Today we didn't run a lot, especially in the morning since the track was very dirty and we were all waiting to see who was going out first. At the end I went out with just a few minutes to go and with the tyres we use here the laptimes are done in the second or third lap, but right away I spun and then I could not push as much as I wanted because after the third lap you can't get a good laptime out of the tyres.

For the afternoon we changed some things on the car and we finished our tests when there where approximately 40 minutes left to go and, even then I was fifth. We are always there, amongst the top runners and we still have two more days to go on working."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
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