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Monaco: Javier Villa race one report

It was a difficult race today for Javier Villa at Monaco, finishing fourteenth in the GP2 Feature Race held at the famous Principality on the Cote d'Azur. Starting from 18th position on the grid, the Spaniard was conscious that it would be...

It was a difficult race today for Javier Villa at Monaco, finishing fourteenth in the GP2 Feature Race held at the famous Principality on the Cote d'Azur.

Starting from 18th position on the grid, the Spaniard was conscious that it would be really difficult to get a good result at the end of the race but, nonetheless, he didn't stop trying from the start, with a good get away that allowed him to go past Roldan Rodriguez in the opening moments of the race.

The target for Javi and his team was to take advantage of the mandatory pit stop to move up by doing as many laps as possible in 'clean air'. To achieve this Villa was one of the first drivers entering the pits to do the tyre change coming back to the race clear of traffic and being able to lap really quickly for a few laps, setting the fastest time in the first sector of the lap at that time of the race. However the good pace of the Racing Engineering driver meant that he soon caught up the group ahead and from there on, with the usual impossibility of overtaking at Monaco, his progress in the classification was halted.

To further complicate things, in one of the usual Monaco race incidents, Buemi hit Javi's team mate Pantano, and that produced a track blocking situation with the whole group that Javi was in having to stop, meaning more time lost and also some damage in the nose of his car that made driving more difficult to the end of the race.

Nevertheless Javi kept pushing hard, scoring his best time on the 44th lap, the tenth fastest of the race, lapping quicker than most of the cars ahead but ending up making contact with third placed Conway when Javi let him by under blue flag but then the Briton didn't pull away. Sadly that incident meant a ten place penalty to Javi for tomorrow's race so he will have to start from the 24th position on the grid. This will make it extremely difficult to get a good result although given the rain forecast for the weekend everything could still happen at the always unpredictable Monte Carlo track.

Javier Villa's own words:

"It was a complicated race. I started well, got past Roldan and made my pit stop quickly to have a clean track ahead. I pushed for three or four laps without traffic but then I caught the group ahead and it was very difficult to pass. Then the incident between Buemi and Giorgio happened, it caused a blockage and when stopping I slightly hit the car ahead and something got broken on the car's nose that later caused rubbing to the tyre so it made me lose some of my pace. Anyway I was setting good laptimes in the final part of the race and I felt confident with the car. Tomorrow starting from 24th will make the race very difficult and we'll have to see if it rains or not, with rain you never know but in dry I'm happy with my pace."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering