Hockenheimring: Javier Villa qualifying report

The first day of the GP2 Series at the German track of Hockenheim has been a really positive one for Javier Villa. The young Spaniard has been in the top ten in both practice and qualifying, ending up setting the ninth fastest lap in the final ...

The first day of the GP2 Series at the German track of Hockenheim has been a really positive one for Javier Villa. The young Spaniard has been in the top ten in both practice and qualifying, ending up setting the ninth fastest lap in the final session, which gives him a good position on the fifth row of the grid for tomorrow's race, the first of the two due this weekend at the German circuit.

Javi was running quickly from the start of the 30 minutes of free practice, putting himself inmediately among the fastest but having to stop his practice run when an oil leak was detected in the engine of his Dallara. Luckily, the problem was not significant and was not affecting the engine performance but it prevented him from completing more laps which, unfortunately, stopped him from completing all the work due in this session.

After the Racing Engineering mechanichs had fixed the problem, Villa went to qualifying without time to do all the setup changes he was intending to do on the car for the final 30 minutes where the grid is decided. Nevertheless Javi was soon setting a good pace and was quickly among the top ten, staying there as the session progressed with all the drivers improving their laptimes. Ultimately Villa was ninth, his second best qualifying result of the year, which gives him a place in the inside of the fifth row of the grid for the feature race.

As regards the race, Javi feels optimistic as today he was able to set some good laptimes even if he wasn't able to complete the full work program, so tomorrow's target will beto make a good start and fight to get involved in the first group of the race and battle for a good position at the end of the 40 laps of Saturday's race.

Javier Villa's own words:

"Today everything went much better and we are more or less where we should be, always in the top ten, and that even if we had an oil leak in free practice so we had to stop after just a few laps. We fixed it for qualifying and although we didn't have time to do all the changes in the car we wanted to do, we were ninth which is not that bad. From here I think we can be at the front and run at the pace of the three or four fastest, Tomorrow the race will be long and it will be very important to do a good first lap, to keep my position or even gain some places."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering