Javier Villa today took his first GP2 points after a great recovery drive from his position at the back of the grid in the sprint race. His eighth position at the end of the race also means that Villa will start tomorrow's feature race from pole...
Javier Villa today took his first GP2 points after a great recovery drive from his position at the back of the grid in the sprint race. His eighth position at the end of the race also means that Villa will start tomorrow's feature race from pole position.
The Spanish driver and his team reacted in the best possible way after yesterday's bad luck and today everything worked perfectly, allowing Villa to show his excellent race pace and to recover positions in spectacular fashion.
To begin with the first winning move of Javi and Racing Engineering was getting the best from the chaotic first lap which bought about the intervention of the safety car after several cars spun in the first corner. His team called Villa in quickly when the pitlane was open to do the mandatory pitstop. The quick tyre change meant that Villa was already up to 17th on his return to the track and with a car that was handling really well on fresh rubber, this allowed Javi to push hard and gain further positions until he got blocked behind the battling group of Petrov, Aleshin and Yamamoto. This group, embroiled in their own fight for position, held him up giving his teammate Sergio Jimenez, also in the middle of a great drive, a chance to catch them up. To avoid a locking Yamamoto, Javi had to back off and Jimenez went by, they both managed to pass Yamamoto and then Aleshin, moving into the 7th and 8th positions that they would hold until the end of the race.
For Javi the 8th place finish means not only the joy of scoring his first point, achieved in front of his home crowd, but also the extra prize of starting tomorrow's feature race from pole position. This will be a totally new experience for the young Spaniard and it comes as a well deserved reward for all the hard work done since his debut in GP2 a year ago. Today Villa showed the progress he has made at the wheel of the Dallara GP2 and it was clear that when the car works well the driver has the pace to compete with anybody, something he expects to do again tomorrow from first position on the Montmelo grid and in front of thousands of Spanish fans that will fill the grandstands to watch the Spanish F1 Grand Prix.
Javier Villa's own words: "The race was really good, I stopped on the second lap for new tyres and the car was handling well when I came out. I drove hard but it was difficult at the end of the race as the tyres began to go off. I am starting tomorrow in pole position and we are making a few small changes to improve the car, I am sure tomorrow will be really good."