Today's Feature Race at Qatar's Losail International Circuit ended in disappointment for Javier Villa when a pit lane penalty saw him finish in 13th place in the first ever GP2 night race.
Starting in seventh place Javi was confident that he would be very competitive with the race set up that he and the Super Nova team had developed during Thursday's Practice and Qualifying. Javi made a good start and was running sixth but a huge startline accident meant that several laps were held behind the Safety Car. Once the Safety Car had pulled off Javi began to press hard and within a few laps was up to 2nd place as he passed the pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg.
On lap 12 Javi made his pitstop as most of the front running teams opted for an early mandatory pitstop in the 34 lap race. Resuming in 4th place Javi began to chase after the cars of Petrov, Perez and Hulkenberg who was yet to stop as the German opted for a later pitstop. Sadly, at this point, it all went wrong for Javi as he received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane and on resuming the track he was down in 13th place.
Despite continuing to push hard for the rest of the race the young Spaniard was unable to gain any more places and he took the chequered flag still in 13th spot. Despite the disappointing outcome to the race Javi once again showed his race pace with the 5th fastest race lap and despite his lowly grid place for tomorrow's Sprint Race he will be pushing as hard as ever to score points.
Javier Villa's own words: "I started 7th and early on I was running 6th, after this I had some laps behind the Safety Car. When the race was started again I began to go fast. I made my pitstop on lap 12 when I was first and I returned in 4th behind the two Campos cars and Hulkenberg who hadn't stopped. I was catching the two Campos drivers but I had to make a drive-through because of excessive speed on the pit lane, and then everything was finished. I returned in 13th position but I couldn't recover any more but I was still very fast. It's a pity because I think I could have finished on the podium."