GP2

Javier Villa Barcelona test notes 2009-03-24

The second of the three testing days of the GP2 Series at Montmelo's circuit finished once again with Javier Villa placed among the principal protagonists in the Formula 1 feeder series. The Spanish driver finished the day with the third fastest...

The second of the three testing days of the GP2 Series at Montmelo's circuit finished once again with Javier Villa placed among the principal protagonists in the Formula 1 feeder series. The Spanish driver finished the day with the third fastest laptime in the afternoon session, confirming once again his speed in this prequel to the season.

This quick time was set despite the morning session not being as good as Javi and his team, Super Nova, were expecting. After analysing the data gathered in yesterday's tests a number of changes were made to the car setup that didn't work as planned. The Dallara was not extracting the maximum performance from the fresh rubber in the few laps of their optimal use and, because of this, the laptimes were unusually off the pace, keeping Villa away from the top positions.

As it was clear that things weren't going in the right direction, the decision was taken to stop the session a little earlier to have time to return to yesterday's setup and use it as the base for the afternoon session. This decision proved correct as once again Javier was back among the fastest, running consistently he finished his work program nearly an hour before the conclusion of the session and still setting the third best time, in spite of not runing in the final minutes, when the track was slightly faster.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, with another two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the GP2 Series pre-season tests will come to end. All the teams are planning to push to the maximum with the aim of extract the final conclusions regarding the functioning of the cars as the next time they go out to the track, again at Montmelo, will be for the free practice of the first event of the season, on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May, coinciding with the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

Javier Villa's own words: "We continued to be amongst the fastest, and that even if in the morning it didn't go as we were expecting. Last night we did a few changes to the car and they didn't work well, we were not taking advantage of the fresh rubber and the times were there, so we stopped early and decided to go back to yesterday's setup. In the afternoon things were better, I set my time an hour before the end of the session and finished third without runing in the final part, when the temperature was lower. The important thing is that we are demonstrating that we can fight at the front and always be among the top five.

Tomorrow it's the final testing day and in the morning session we are all going to push really hard."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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