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Monaco: Javier Villa preview

After scoring his first podium finish in the GP2 series two weeks ago at Montmelo, Javier Villa is already looking forward to this weekend's race, the most widely anticipated of the series schedule: Monaco. The race held on the streets of the ...

After scoring his first podium finish in the GP2 series two weeks ago at Montmelo, Javier Villa is already looking forward to this weekend's race, the most widely anticipated of the series schedule: Monaco.

The race held on the streets of the Monegasque Principality on the same weekend as the F1 Grand Prix has always had a special ambiance and it's the most supported by fans and the world wide media. The tight and twisty street track is one that really sorts the men from the boys and doesn't allow for any mistakes, those who drive fast at Monaco are those that have got that something extra that separates great drivers from the merely good ones. Importantly last year in his first experience of such a difficult track, Javier Villa got his best qualifying result of the season, showing that first glimpse of talent that the podium at Montmelo has now made obvious to everybody.

At Monaco Javier arrives on a high after the magnificent results scored in the races held at the Spanish Grand Prix. His spectacular recovery on Saturday and his great race on Sunday clearly shown that when the car works well the young Spaniard is perfectly capable of fighting with the best drivers of the series. Now, for Villa and his team Racing Engineering, the aim is to continue in the same vein in order to again be amongst the point scorers, something they have already shown is perfectly within their reach.

The race on the 'Cote d'Azur' principality is different not only as it is a street track but also because its weekend format is slightly tweaked in comparison with the the other GP2 race meetings. The action kicks off on Thursday with an extra free practice session that will be of great value in order to get the best car setup as soon as possible. On Friday all the GP2 activity will be packed within a frantic 90 minute period during which both the usual free practice half an hour and the even more important than usual qualifying session will be held. This final session will shape the grid for the only race of the weekend, due on Saturday, while on Sunday the usual sprint race typical of the other GP2 race weekends does not take place.

This means Friday qualifying will be even more crucial than usual as there are no second chances. Villa's aim is to look for the best starting position possible as overtaking during the race will be nearly impossible. In addition starting near the front minimizes the chances of being involved in one of the usual first lap incidents at St.Devote's tight corner. Unfortunately this was something that Villa suffered last year when his race was instantly over after being hit from behind by one of his fellow competitors. So Javi's target is to keep improving and to look for some more points to add to the 6 already scored at Barcelona that have placed him in the seventh position in the provisional 2007 GP2 series standings.

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa