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Istanbul: Javier Villa race one report

The Asturian was 7th today and tomorrow starts from the front row Javi Villa: "Tomorrow I want to win" Javi Villa will start tomorrow's Sprint Race from second place on the grid after finishing seventh in the Feature Race at the Turkish Grand...

The Asturian was 7th today and tomorrow starts from the front row

Javi Villa: "Tomorrow I want to win"

Javi Villa will start tomorrow's Sprint Race from second place on the grid after finishing seventh in the Feature Race at the Turkish Grand Prix. The Asturian driver was among the top five for most of the race and demonstrated that he has the pace of the best. At the end of the race he vowed that " Tomorrow I will go for the victory. I want to win ".

"I am happy because today I could finally run with the front group. I have scored my first two points of the season and that's the most important thing. Tomorrow starting from the front row motivates me to try to go for the victory " said the Super Nova Racing driver.

Javi, who was eighth on the grid, managed to gain two positions very quickly. Later for the driver from Colunga came the race strategy, at the mandatory pit stop, together with his team, it was decided to change only the rear tyres, "Thereby we managed to reduce the stop by three seconds and to come back to the track ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, but in the last part of the race I paid for it a bit since the car had some understeer and it was difficult to keep the pace. We do not know if it would have happened if we had changed all four tyres" said Villa.

The Asturian was always running with the first group, very close to the podium positions. "A short time after my pit stop the safety car went out for the accident of Parente and that meant regrouping the race. From there I was running fifth, but when I was approaching Zuber, Valerio passed me and all being so close I lost several positions. At the end they have penalised Van der Garde and seventh position gives me chances for tomorrow ".

The Super Nova Racing driver returns to the points after a start to season with plenty of bad luck and Javi will look tomorrow to add his first victory of the year, though he is conscious that "At Barcelona and Monaco we suffered very much with the tires in the Sunday race. I hope that tomorrow we manage to solve this problem".

Villa wants Istanbul to be the beginning of his recovery in the overall standings that are always very tight. The victory today went to the Russian Vitaly Petrov, ahead of Luca Filippi and Daniel Valsecchi, but it was shown that everything is yet to be decided regarding the championship in that only one of the previous winners of the year scored points, the Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who was sixth.

-credit: jv

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Series GP2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Vitaly Petrov , Nico Hulkenberg , Javier Villa