This weekend Javier Villa and his fellow GP2 competitors will face the restart of their season at the French track of Magny Cours after the one month break since the last race, held in mid-June at Silverstone. Magny Cours marks the beginning of...
This weekend Javier Villa and his fellow GP2 competitors will face the restart of their season at the French track of Magny Cours after the one month break since the last race, held in mid-June at Silverstone.
Magny Cours marks the beginning of the second half of the season, reduced to just four races following the withdrawal of the scheduled race at the Belgian track of Spa-Francorchamps. In little more than a month and coinciding with the F1 GPs of France, Germany, Hungary and Turkey, the 2006 GP2 series will have its final four meetings.
The first event is due at Magny Cours, a track where, unusually, Javier Villa has got some experience after his brilliant showing earlier this season in a Spanish F3 race that was held here. Javier competed in April on the track that he will face this weekend in his GP2 car and achieved a spectacular result at the wheel of an outdated Dallara F300 from the Spanish F3 Cup. The laps run with the F3 car allowed Villa to have his first contact with the track but it will be this Friday in the GP2 free practice session, where Javier will really start learning such a complex track.
Magny Cours is a circuit with a wide variety of corners, the wide-radius "Estoril", the fast chicanes of "Imola" and "Nurburgring" or the tight and slow "Adelaide" hairpin. All this means having to settle for a compromise in the setup of the car, allowing it to reach full speed before the Adelaide braking area, the most obvious overtaking spot of the circuit, without losing stability at the faster corners which has been the Achilles' heel of Villa's car setup so far this season.
The main focus for Villa and his team, Racing Engineering, is to get the best setup possible in the 30 minutes of free practice in order to be competitive in the qualifying session, where if everything works according to plan Villa's target is to set a time as close as possible to a mid grid position.