Javier Villa will be starting tomorrow's race from the seventh row of the grid after today's GP2 qualifying session held on the Monaco streets. The on track activity started for Javi on Thursday morning when the GP2 entrants had their first ...
Javier Villa will be starting tomorrow's race from the seventh row of the grid after today's GP2 qualifying session held on the Monaco streets.
The on track activity started for Javi on Thursday morning when the GP2 entrants had their first contact with the twisty track of Monte Carlo. The 30 minutes of free practice were good enough for the young Spanish driver and his engineer to know which was the way to go in order to have a better car today, and Javi's 9th position in Friday's free practice showed that the driver and team have been working in the right direction, improving greatly from yesterday's 17th position.
During qualifying it was a matter of being lucky enough to find a lap without too much traffic, something that at Monaco is more crucial than anywhere else and also about as complex and random as winning at roulette in Monaco's famous Casino. In an incident-packed session, with plenty of yellow flags and even a red one near the end caused by oil dropped exiting the tunnel from Piccini's car, Javier Villa managed to put himself in the middle of the timing list despite not finally finding any really clean laps.
The most positive aspect for the Spaniard, apart from the result his best so far in qualifying this year, was to see how good the car setup is, so his feelings regarding tomorrow's race are quite optimistic. Javi found himself again very much at ease driving though the narrow Monaco streets, and he didn't put a foot wrong on a track where there is no room for mistakes. His first aim for tomorrow is to get through St.Devote without incident after the usually difficult start of any race held on Monaco's famous circuit. If Javi gets that clean start he hopes to be able of set a fast pace and that will allow him to end up battling for points, a target he's perfectly capable of reaching.
Javier Villa's own words: "I got a lot of traffic so it was really hard to have a clean lap but we've managed to improve the car from yesterday and now it's running really well. For tomorrow's race we are still fine tuning it and we hope to have a good race."