Today's Sprint Race at the Istanbul circuit in Turkey did not provide the result that Javier Villa was looking for. Starting from second place on the grid the young Spaniard was hoping for a podium finish but a number of factors beyond Javi's ...
Today's Sprint Race at the Istanbul circuit in Turkey did not provide the result that Javier Villa was looking for. Starting from second place on the grid the young Spaniard was hoping for a podium finish but a number of factors beyond Javi's control saw him finish a very disappointed 15th.
Things began well for Javier as, although he was slow away from the grid, he was in a promising 3 rd place at the end of the first lap but the deployment of the Safety Car following a number of spinners saw the field hold position for three laps while the stranded cars were removed.
Initially Javier was chasing Buemi with Grosjean close behind but almost immediately Javi lost a place to Grosjean, dropping to fourth. On the 5 th lap Javi tried to regain the lost place from Grosjean but instead found himself passed by his team mate Giorgio Pantano. It seemed as if Javier wasn't able to compete as he had hoped or indeed as we have come to expect from him as the cars in front began to pull away with Javier unable to do anything about it.
The Racing Engineering car now came under increasing pressure from the Trident car of Conway and on lap 8 Javier lost another place falling to sixth as Conway passed him. Javier was now dropping back into the clutches of Chandhok and on lap 9 the iSport International driver tried to dive down the inside of Javi looking for a gap that clearly wasn't there. The two cars made contact and Javi was pushed wide loosing several more places and as he tried to recover from the incident he had a big spin dropping to 17 th place.
Over the remaining laps of the race Javier tried his best but even a second Safety Car incident caused by stray dogs on the track did not help and although he pulled back up to 15 th at the chequered flag the performance he had been hoping for just wasn't there. After the race Javi felt that the car was clearly lacking in straight-line speed as seemed to be the case by the way he was dropping down the field before the incident with Chandhok. The Racing Engineering team were hoping to fully investigate the problem to see if they could pinpoint the exact cause of Javi's lack of pace.
Javier Villa's own words:
"It was a bit difficult today. I didn't have a good start and was third, but this was OK. But then I had some problems and it was very difficult, I wasn't able to keep up with others on the straight line. In the last corner there was another car that caused me to spin, I lost many positions and tried to push, but there simply was a difference. We will now check things properly in order to see what the problem was."