Javier Villa showed a welcome return to form when, in today's Qualifying session at Monza, he finished in a very good 9 th place on the grid for tomorrow's Feature Race.
Things did not get off to a good start when the 30 minute free Practice session held this morning had to be delayed as torrential rain flooded the Italian circuit. Once the cars got out on the track conditions were still very bad with pools of water all over the tarmac and under the circumstances Javi decided to take things carefully and not risk damaging his car for the all-important afternoon session. The young Spaniard finished the session in 24 th place without risking himself or his car.
Conditions were greatly improved for the 30 minute Qualifying session in the afternoon with the track now dry although the wet morning session meant that the car set-up would have to be largely guesswork although this would apply to all the teams and drivers. Fortunately Javi was on the pace right from the start of the session and at the end of 10 minutes he was lying in 11 th position but still working with the Racing Engineering team to optimise his set-up.
As the session entered its closing minutes Javi continued to press for a quick lap and as the chequered flag fell to end the 30 minutes he was lying in ninth place with a 1m 31.797s lap, only 0.5s away from the pole position time. This means that Javi will start tomorrow's Feature Race from the 5 th row of the grid with every chance of scoring good points in the race as well as ensuring himself a good starting spot for Sunday's Sprint Race.
Javier Villa's own words:
"Today things were pretty well, ninth and only 0.5s from the pole is not bad, especially because in free practice we run in the wet while qualifying was dry. I think that if tomorrow remains dry we'd still improve as today we started the qualifying without having tested before. If tomorrow everything goes well I think we'd finish quite high at the end."