Javier Villa was today one of the victims of the almost inevitable pile-up at Sainte Devote which has so often marred many a race on the Monaco track. The combination of drivers fighting hard for position during the first few meters and the...
Javier Villa was today one of the victims of the almost inevitable pile-up at Sainte Devote which has so often marred many a race on the Monaco track.
The combination of drivers fighting hard for position during the first few meters and the narrow right-hander at the end of the short startline straight produced a multiple crash that involved Villa, albeit with no blame attached to him as he was pushed out by the pinballing car of Lopez, who had lost control after being hit by Lapierre's car.
The result of the incident was that five cars were out of the race within a few seconds of the start and for Villa the race was over. It was a real shame as, after his strong performance during practice and qualifying, he was in a perfect position to claim a good result in this, the most prestigious event of the season.
Despite the understandable disappointment after so early an retirement, his first of the season, Javier Villa's weekend has been otherwise positive as his result in qualifying at the most difficult track of the season, one of the circuits where driver skill can make a difference, shows up his continuous progress at the wheel of Racing Engineering's GP2 Dallara.
Javier Villa's own words:
"I could do nothing to avoid the accident, I was following my line when Lopez's car hit me and I was immediately pushed against the inside barrier with no chance to continue. The car had damage to the floor, nose and sidepods and my race was over. A great pity as we set some very good times all through the weekend and it was a good chance to get a good result."