Javier Villa Paul Ricard test notes 2009-03-11

An outstanding beginning for Javier Villa at the wheel of the Super Nova GP2 car in the first day of tests that have taken place today at the French circuit of Paul Ricard. The Spanish driver was the fastest of the 26 participants, both in the ...

An outstanding beginning for Javier Villa at the wheel of the Super Nova GP2 car in the first day of tests that have taken place today at the French circuit of Paul Ricard. The Spanish driver was the fastest of the 26 participants, both in the morning and in the afternoon sessions, closing the day with a magnificent lap of 1:11:930 which is a new record of the track in its 3D configuration.

Villa drove for the first time in the Dallara GP2 car that he will use in the European series with his new team, Super Nova, in the early morning and he was soon among the best, lapping quickly and consistently to complete a total of twenty laps with a best time of 1:12.325 that put him in first position on the time list, with his team mate, the Italian Luca Filippi, fourth a little more than three tenths behind, completing an excellent team result for the British outfit.

In the afternoon session, the laptimes were improving, with several drivers, such as Di Grassi, using their two sets of new rubber in search of improving their times. With a few minutes to the finish of the afternoon session, the Brazilian was leading the table but in his last three laps Villa was closing in on him in spectacular fashion, being the only driver to break the 1:12 barrier, which gave him the first position as well as establishing a new record for the track.

After this very positive first day, in which Villa and the rest of competitors in the 2009 GP2 Series have had their first contact with the improvements to the Mechachrome engine in their Dallaras, the two days left will be used by them all to continue with the setup of their cars. For this they will use two different configurations of the several available at Paul Ricard's circuit, both faster than the 3D used today, which will allow the teams to focus on other criteria, mainly the aerodynamics.

Javier Villa's own words: "Today we have done a good job, in the morning I got the best time, a tenth ahead of Kobayashi, and in the afternoon I was first again, 0.15 faster than Di Grassi and beating the record for the 3D circuit. More than anything we came here to test, but to be at the front is always good and it gives more strength and motivation to us all in order to continue working. Two more days of tests are left, on two other different, faster track layouts, in which there will be the matter of testing the aerodynamics and I think that we will be able to be ahead as well."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series FIA F2
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