Javier Villa will start from the eleventh row of the grid for tomorrow's GP2 series feature race, the first of the two scheduled events this weekend at the French track of Magny Cours. The Spaniard will face his challenge in an optimistic frame...
Javier Villa will start from the eleventh row of the grid for tomorrow's GP2 series feature race, the first of the two scheduled events this weekend at the French track of Magny Cours.
The Spaniard will face his challenge in an optimistic frame of mind after the positive feeling he got today while at the wheel of his Racing Engineering Dallara during the two Friday practice sessions. The final result though wasn't as good as he hoped for because of a slight off on the last chicane while on his fastest lap.
After some good setup work in the free practice session, where Villa was 16th and quite close to the top ten times, the target for the qualifying was to fight for a mid grid position. To achieve that it was vital to get the most from the first minutes of qualifying with the track in perfect condition to set fast times thanks to the rubber left by the F1 cars who had been practicing shortly before.
Villa went out really focused on setting his best time at his first attempt and was posting some very good sector times (just one tenth and four tenths of a second shy of the pole time on the two first sectors respectively) when he arrived a bit too fast at the final chicane and couldn't avoid hitting the kerbs with the bottom of his car, losing all chances of finishing the lap with a good time.
After coming back to the pits and have his car altered, Villa was running again but now the conditions weren't good enough, the track was slower and all the drivers were setting slower times than in the first minutes so the young Spanish driver couldn't move higher than 22nd on the final timing sheet.
For tomorrow's race, Villa and his team will make their target to have a car consistent enough for the whole duration of the race as they achieved today in making it run very well on short runs. If that's possible then Villa should have a good chance of improving from his 11th row position on the grid.
Javier Villa's own words:
"It has been a pity we couldn't complete the first fast lap as it was then that the track was at its quickest. I was scoring good sector times, just one tenth slower than pole time on the first and four tenths behind on the second, but at the finish I went out at the chicane, hitting the kerb with the bottom of the car. Anyway the positive thing about today's work is that we now have a good car for qualifying and now we only have to make it work consistently for more laps in order to have the same behavior all through the race."