PAUL RICARD TESTS, 12th MARCH Javier Villa continues with his GP2 series preseason testing with some very good laptimes and positive feelings. In the first day of the final test session before the beginning of the new season, held ...
PAUL RICARD TESTS, 12th MARCH
Javier Villa continues with his GP2 series preseason testing with some very good laptimes and positive feelings. In the first day of the final test session before the beginning of the new season, held today (Wednesday) at the French track of Paul Ricard, Racing Engineering's Spanish driver has been again amongst the stand out drivers, finishing the day with the third best time overall after being second in the afternoon session.
Today's testing has been done on the 3D layout of the French track which allows different variations which are very helpful for the teams in testing different car setups. In the morning session, Villa was fifth fastest despite not feeling totally at ease with the car because of some excessive rear tyre wear. This problem was fixed in the afternoon with some setup changes that were really spot on thanks to joint work between the driver and engineers. Javi was then able to lap consistently, doing several long runs and also improving his laptimes, being second in the session and ending up the day third in the time list.
For the final day of testing due tomorrow, Thursday, on a slower layout of Paul Ricard, the focus for Villa and his team will be the aerodynamics for tracks like Monaco, as well as practising starts and pit stops, a crucial time in GP2 races as there is a mandatory tyre change in every Saturday feature race.
Javier Villa's own words:
"We finished the day with the third fastest time and improving continuously. In the morning we had a bit too much rear tyre wear and the track wasn't very good, with a lot of wind but, even then we were fifth. We went on working in the afternoon and the car was really stable allowing us to do some long runs at the same pace. We were third even though we got some traffic on our fastest lap. Tomorrow we are running on a different track layout to test the aerodynamics for slow tracks like Monaco, and we have also intending to practice starts and pit stops, so we won't think a lot about laptimes."