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Istanbul: Javier Villa race two report

First podium of the season for Javi Villa The Asturian drove a great race and finished second Javier Villa rounded off his excellent weekend in Istanbul with second position in the Sunday Sprint Race, victory going to the Brazilian Di Grassi.

First podium of the season for Javi Villa

The Asturian drove a great race and finished second

Javier Villa rounded off his excellent weekend in Istanbul with second position in the Sunday Sprint Race, victory going to the Brazilian Di Grassi. Villa, who was starting from second position on the grid after his seventh place in Saturday's race, had no problems in keeping his position in a race marked by incidents and off-track excursions.

The Asturian driver made good use of his experience to not get involved in any of the incidents while following in Di Grassi's slipstream, something he did from the beginning to the end of the race. "At the start there were two options: if I passed Di Grassi, the idea was to push and try to open a gap. I was close to doing it but, not having overtaken him, I decided to nurse the tyres to avoid losing pace at the end as had happened to me in the two previous races. When Petrov took third I had to push a bit more, but I kept running very well, with very competitive times. The only imperfect thing of the day has been that I missed fastest lap by a tenth" said the Asturian.

With the problems with the rear tyres that had blighted the Super Nova Racing driver in the last two races - Barcelona and Monaco - already sorted yesterday, Villa managed to get his first podium of the season. "I want to thank all the members of Super Nova Racing for their work which has been excellent during the whole weekend. Nobody has failed, I made no errors on the track and that has allowed us to score the first points of the season, which we hope will be a lot more in Silverstone in two weeks".

"We have achieved the target of the weekend, which was to score a good number of points and to get on the podium for the first time. With this result I can face the next races with more optimism, where it will be necessary to look for the first victory of the year ", the Spanish pilot stated.

With this result, the Colunga-born driver is now placed now in the general classification, a great jump that allows him to begin to dream of being placed among the best, before thinking about the next event of the championship, which will be the Grand Prix of the United Kingdom in two weeks. "It is a very competitive championship, with many drivers fighting for the front positions and it makes the chances of victory very open. It is true that right now the Barwa team is the strongest, but as we have seen today anyone can win. We have to continue working to improve the car with a view to the following races", concluded the Asturian, who will land this evening at the airport of Barajas (Madrid).

-credit: jv

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