Javier Villa could not have had worse fortune in the GP2 Asia Series Feature Race held today in Bahrain, where he finally finished fifteenth after a problem completely out of his control that arose just before the start of the event. Just a few...
Javier Villa could not have had worse fortune in the GP2 Asia Series Feature Race held today in Bahrain, where he finally finished fifteenth after a problem completely out of his control that arose just before the start of the event.
Just a few moments before the beginning of the formation lap, a mistake by one of his mechanics meant that Villa's car had to be started again, and there was not enough time before the race started. While the rest of competitors were starting from the grid, the Super Nova Dallara of Javi was pushed to the pit lane, from where he had to start the race in last position.
As if that was not enough, the presence of his mechanics on the track after the time allowed before the beginning of the race meant a drive through penalty for the Spaniard who, when he had already gained some positions, was obliged to enter the pits to serve the penalty and come back to the track again in last place.
With all this, Javier, who would have started from seventh position and with good options to fight for the top positions, saw his chances fading away completely. The rest of the race was turned into a sprint for the hugely disappointed young Spaniard who, even with all the time lost by the double delays, was able to reach again the tail of the group ahead and to overtake several rivals before finishing the race. His pace was really fast with a lap time just one or two tenths slower than the leaders which was the only positive aspect in a race that was promising much but was ruined before the start for reasons totally foreign to the driver.
Despite this element of bad luck it does not cloud the excellent work that Super Nova is doing with Villa since the start of their collaboration at the beginning of the GP2 Asia series. Tomorrow the Sprint Race will see the conclusion of the Asian series and Javi will try to end his participation in the category with a good performance so team and driver quickly forget the bad outcome of today's race.
Javier Villa's own words: "It was a shame since we were starting seventh and with good chances, but due to a confusion by the mechanics, the car was stopped when we were already in the grid and just fifteen seconds before the beginning of the formation lap, so the stewards did not allow them to restart the engine. We had to move over to the pit lane and, in addition, because the mechanics were on the grid out of time, we had to do a drive through. With both things the race was already finished for us. A pity because I believe that it could have been a good race ... but it is necessary to change the 'it would have' to a 'it was', let's see if it is possible to do that tomorrow!