Javier Villa had what was, probably, his best race of the season in the Monza feature race, the first of the two races scheduled for this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix. Javi finished ninth after starting 23th and having to take a drive-through penalty because of a push received from the stewards.
The incident happened at the beginning of the warm-up lap when Villa stalled and, instead of being moved to the pitlane his car was pushed down the straight and was bump-started, something not allowed by the regulations. As a result, Villa was handed a drive-through penalty which he had to serve after the start of the race, losing valuable time and making his aim of finishing up the order really difficult.
But Javi didn't gave up and was back on the track determined to quickly make up for the time lost. The safety car bought out by the accident to his teammate Adam Carroll, caused by a lost wheel was the moment Villa did his mandatory pitstop and with the car very much to his liking he increased the pace and was going up the order until finally finishing ninth, which equals his best result of the year and, by the calculations of his team, could have been fifth or sixth without the time lost because of the penalty.
After this great result today, Villa will start tomorrow from the fifth row of the grid and with the clear focus of finishing his maiden GP2 season in style while battling against the big names of the category
Javier Villa's own words:
"It was a difficult race, starting 23rd and then before the start I stopped and got pushed by the marshals, and I got a drive-through for the push! From there I finished ninth, and I think we were really fast, but if we just improve the brakes a little we will be even faster. It's good for my experience to start ninth tomorrow, and I think it is possible to have a really good race, points are maybe possible, but looking at the race today no one knows what can happen!"