Javier Villa was unable to finish the 42 laps of the GP2 feature race after being forced to retire following contact with Felix Porteiro that left both Spaniards out of the race. Until that moment, Villa was conducting his race according to ...
Javier Villa was unable to finish the 42 laps of the GP2 feature race after being forced to retire following contact with Felix Porteiro that left both Spaniards out of the race.
Until that moment, Villa was conducting his race according to the strategy of his team, aiming to keep out on track as long as possible in order to make the mandatory tyre change near mid race. With most of his rivals pitting earlier, Javier was recovering positions from his 20th spot on the grid, already running 8th on lap eight, despite some brake problems similar to those he had experienced in yesterday's qualifying.
Four more laps without changing tyres while yet more drivers were heading to their pits, meant Villa was fifth on lap 12, eventually getting as high as second on lap 15. By this time only the Asturian-born driver and the leader, and eventual winner, Nelson Piquet, were the only runners in the field yet to make their pit stops.
Finally Villa came in on lap 16 and his team fitted the car with a full set of fresh tyres. Villa was about to rejoin the track when a fiercely battling group, headed by Perera, were screaming along the front straight in close competition for positions. Villa outbraked himself arriving at the first corner and couldn't avoid making contact with Felix Porteiro's car, who was already on the outside of the same corner. As a result of the incident Javier's car was damaged, loosing its front wing, and the race was over for the young Spaniard.
Javier Villa's own words:
"The start was really difficult but I manage to keep out of any trouble and join in the group running ahead. From there on it was just a case of pushing all the way, running quite fast despite still having some brake problems. I was one of the last to came in for the pit stop and, for the first time this season, we fitted four fresh tyres. But coming back onto the track I couldn't avoid a brake lock, the same as had happened to Adam Carroll earlier, but unfortunately Porteiro was going past at that moment and I couldn't avoid touching him. Tomorrow it will be really tough as we are starting from the very back of the grid."