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Silverstone: Javier Villa preview

With hardly enough time to celebrate his victory last Sunday at Magny Cours, Javier Villa is already looking to the next date in the 2007 GP2 series this weekend. This time the challenge is to compete at the historic Silverstone track, part of the...

With hardly enough time to celebrate his victory last Sunday at Magny Cours, Javier Villa is already looking to the next date in the 2007 GP2 series this weekend. This time the challenge is to compete at the historic Silverstone track, part of the schedule of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. This will be the second of the three race meetings the GP2 drivers have to face in the frantic month of July.

Villa's Magny Cours victory means recognition at both national and international level for the young Spaniard, with a lot of reports, features and interviews with him as the main headline being published in the media throughout the last few days. Javi's convincing triumph in the Sunday sprint race, where he also set the second fastest race lap, and his spectacular recovery race on Saturday, finishing seventh after being forced to the back of the pack after being blocked by one of his competitors when he was trying to leave his pit after the mandatory stop, clearly showed that the ever improving results Javi is scoring aren't due to either luck or coincidence. Villa's progression since his debut in the GP2 series last season has been continual and that puts him among the elite of the category with still half the season to go. Javier is already sixth overall despite being the youngest driver in the series.

But, despite his magnificent victory at Magny Cours, which was also the first by a Spaniard in a GP2 race, Javier is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and is very conscious that there is still a lot of work to do, starting by trying to improve his position in the qualifying sessions, the main target for him and his team this Friday at Silverstone. The British track, with its spectacularly fast corners, among them the awesome Maggots-Beckets-Chapel sequence, is a circuit where overtaking isn't easy so getting the highest place possible on the starting grid will be crucial in getting a good result in Saturday's feature race. This will be the aim of Javi and his track engineer Andy Ferguson, both will be looking for the ideal setup in the Friday morning free practice session in order to get a good car that will allow Javi to once again demonstrate his talent in front of the leading F1 team managers that will be more than likely to keep a watchful eye on the Racing Engineering's number 14 Dallara.

TIMETABLE

FRIDAY 6th JULY:
13:00 - 13:30 FREE PRACTICE
15:00 - 15:30 QUALIFYING

SATURDAY 7th JULY:
17:00 - 18:15 RACE 1 (36 laps)

SUNDAY 8th JULY:
10:00 - 10:45 RACE 2 (24 laps)

-credit: www.javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering