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Monaco: Javier Villa preview

After demonstrating once again his speed but not having the luck to obtain the result that he deserved in the first round of the championship, in Montmelo, Javier Villa is in Monaco ready to give his maximum on the famous track through the streets...

After demonstrating once again his speed but not having the luck to obtain the result that he deserved in the first round of the championship, in Montmelo, Javier Villa is in Monaco ready to give his maximum on the famous track through the streets of the Mediterranean Principality, where this weekend the second event of the GP2 2009 season will be held.

The Asturian is looking forward to being at the wheel of the Super Nova Dallara on a circuit in which, given its very special characteristics, the driver can make the difference. This is a track where also, almost as if it was a question of playing roulette in the casino, running at full speed on the way to the hard braking area of Mirabeau, the luck is sometimes the only key to find the suitable traffic-free moment during qualification, to get a clean lap and grab one of the top positions of the grid.

This will be the first target for Javier on Thursday afternoon when the ever crucial qualifying session that will decide the starting formation for Friday's Feature Race will take place. To get away from one of the first rows is more important in Monaco than on any other track, given the near impossibility of overtaking on its narrow and twisty layout, so the result of the weekend could almost totally dependent on these 30 minutes in which Villa will look for that fast lap that will allow him to fight at the top the following day.

To do it, apart from managing to run with the minimum possible traffic, it will be also fundamental to find a suitable setup of the car, in order to extract the maximum performance from the supersoft rubber that the GP2 will use in Monaco. This tyre that, in qualifying setup, allows practically only a single good lap before beginning to wear out, whereas with the race setup they have to be looked after carefully in order that the loss of grip as the race goes on does not compromise the car's performance. A difficult challenge for drivers and engineers that Villa and Super Nova expect to overcome with good results.

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa