The good lap times set by Javier Villa during today's practice and qualifying sessions won't mean a good starting position for the young Spanish driver in tomorrow's GP2 feature race.
A ten position penalty, handed to Villa after his clash with Porteiro at the Hungaroring, mean that Javier is condemned to start from the rear of the grid.
Despite this Villa didn't give up and did a good job during the free practice, finishing amongst the top ten for the first time after setting the 9th fastest time in the morning session whilst having his first experience of the complicated Istanbul Park circuit.
In qualifying however, bearing in mind the penalty he has to face, Villa and his engineers agreed not to go for a quick time and, instead, focus on the race setup. Nevertheless despite not pushing as hard as possible to save his tyres for the race, Javi took the 19th quickest time while doing some long runs looking for a consistent and balanced behavior for his car.
Once the penalty is applied, Villa will start from the last position on the grid so his target will be to run faultlessly and finish as high a possible in order to improve his chances for Sunday's race whose starting grid is determined by the Saturday race results.
Javier Villa's own words:
"The qualifying session was good; nineteenth, but I wasn't really pushing the tyres because we want to keep some new ones for the race. The car is a little better here, and in free practice we could go really fast, and now in qualifying we had a car that was set up more for the race. But I'm quite happy because tomorrow we can do twenty laps, really consistent, no problem."