Hockenheimring: Javier Villa preview

Javier Villa faces this weekend, at the German track of Hockenheim, the first race meeting of the second half of the 2008 GP2 series schedule with the clear aim of scoring his best result of the season. In the first five events of the season...

Javier Villa faces this weekend, at the German track of Hockenheim, the first race meeting of the second half of the 2008 GP2 series schedule with the clear aim of scoring his best result of the season.

In the first five events of the season Javi has been able to show his talent sporadically, but circumstances have been against him so far so that he hasn't been able to turn his good laptimes in the final results that his skills deserve. After winning three times in 2007, Villa doesn't want the season to finish without him being back on the podium and Germany could be a good place for the comeback to the top positions. It was at this race last year that he scored his second win, albeit then the race was held on the Nurburgring, and he hopes that Hockenheim, the venue for this sixth race meeting of the year, could be as favourable.

The German track has changed a lot since the times when it was one of the fastest circuits of the whole season. Its current layout, built in 2002, is more adapted to modern safety specifications and the main features are the hard braking areas and the high downforce corners. This means the car's setup will always be a compromise between the high downforce trim necessary to be fast around the twisty Motodrome without losing top end speed on the new straights in order to have a better chance to overtake in the tight Spitzkehre hairpin, one of the slowest corners of the year.

The main news this weekend regarding Javi is that his car will be fitted with a different engine while his usual one is being serviced by the engine builder, Mechachrome, after reaching the amount of kilometres specified for such a revision. It means that Javi's car will run a spare engine for this weekend, getting his usual one back for the next race weekend, due in Hungary at the beginning of August.

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Javier Villa