Javier Villa set the fastest time today in the first of the two test days for the GP2 teams at Paul Ricard, showing that his optimistic mood regarding his future chances after the difficult Monaco weekend are justified. There Javi's laptimes...
Javier Villa set the fastest time today in the first of the two test days for the GP2 teams at Paul Ricard, showing that his optimistic mood regarding his future chances after the difficult Monaco weekend are justified.
There Javi's laptimes were good but race circumstances played against him not allowing good results but today, at the French South Coast track, the Spaniard has been again where he wants to be in his third GP2 season, at the front. Villa ended the test day as fastest overall among all the contenders in the F1 feeder series, two tenths ahead of his closest follower, his teammate at Racing Engineering Giorgio Pantano. This 1-2 for the Spanish team means yet more reasons to be optimistic ahead of the second part of the season.
Javier and his team focused on fine tuning the setup of the car on the 3D circuit at Paul Ricard, fixing some of the little issues that hampered him in the first races of the season and getting a really good base to build up a challenge for the top places in the next races. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the tests will continue, this time using a different layout of the French track, with the long Mistral straight and the fast Signes corner as main points to work on the aerodynamic setups aiming for higher top end speeds.
Javier Villa's own words:
"Despite the fact that we didn't do a lot of runs we were looking for what we needed and ended up with the best time, two tenths ahead the second fastest, which is good for us. It's not just about having a fast car for qualifying, it is more about being consistent and today we have been at the top the whole day so the test have been very positive as we also found some details that were giving us problems before."