Javier Villa managed to finish in tenth position in the second race at Sakhir's track in Bahrain, where the 2007 GP2 series are holding their first round of the year. After some superb work by his team to have the car ready after the engine woes...
Javier Villa managed to finish in tenth position in the second race at Sakhir's track in Bahrain, where the 2007 GP2 series are holding their first round of the year.
After some superb work by his team to have the car ready after the engine woes of the previous day, Villa lined up on 21st slot of the grid with the idea of recovering as many places as possible from the start.
However his race plan was seriously compromised by the first corner pile up which delayed him by having to slow down in order to avoid the spinning cars which forced the use of the Pace Car. After two laps behind the Pace Car the race restarted ... to immediately be followed by another accident. This meant the pace car was once again on the track and more laps where the only thing to do was to run slowly behind it while waiting for the track to be cleared.
Eventually the race was on again and this time for several laps Javi was soon involved in a fierce battle with Campos Racing's Vitaly Petrov. The Spaniard was faster and finally was able to overtake the Russian pulling a great passing move on the outside. From there on Javi settle down in 10th place, setting also the 10th fastest lap of the race, a good indication of his race pace.
At the end of the weekend, Villa was quite happy with his laptimes and with his 10th position, despite starting from so far back on the grid. This means that he can face the remaining races in an optimistic frame of mind. Providing he suffers no more mechanical problems he should be able to quickly show his true potential in the upcoming races.
Javier Villa's own words:
"Starting from 21st position it was a really hard race. I was held up by the accidents and overtaking was really difficult but, despite these difficulties I managed to finish tenth."