The GP2 season increases its pace as the year goes on, this weekend sees the series visit the German track of Hockenheim where Javier Villa and his fellow competitors face the first of two back to back meetings at central European tracks this ...
The GP2 season increases its pace as the year goes on, this weekend sees the series visit the German track of Hockenheim where Javier Villa and his fellow competitors face the first of two back to back meetings at central European tracks this summer. In just seven days, the GP2 series will have four races, the two scheduled rounds this Saturday and Sunday in Germany and the two at the Hungarian Grand Prix the following weekend.
At Hockenheim, the focus for Javier Villa and his team, Racing Engineering, is to achieve a good setup that will allow his car to run consistently throughout the race. So far this lack of set-up consistency has been the main problem faced by the young Spaniard although at the last race at Magny Cours some progress was seen in that area with the car being more stable and competitive over short runs. Now its time to extend those positive advances Villa had at the French qualifying session, to the two races scheduled this weekend at the German Grand Prix.
The circuit of Hockenmheim is one of the classic Formula 1 venues, albeit its current shape is quite different from the one that was, for so many years, the home of the German Grand Prix. Since 2002 the circuit, which is near Frankfurt, has been radically changed, greatly altering its character. Hochemheim evolved from a track where high speeds were crucial due to the long straits running through the forest to one that is far slower and centered around the famous Motodrome, where the fans have a marvellous view of most of the current circuit. The new track mainly requires high levels of traction and braking to be competitive on the succession of short straights and hard braking areas that the drivers face on each lap. This means it will be crucial to find a good setup to allow the rear tyres to work at their best without compromising the durability of the soft slick tyres used by the GP2 Dallara, something that has been the main issue on Javier Villa's car in previous races.