There was some really bad luck for Javier Villa at the last GP2 race of the year. The Spanish driver was hit from behind at the first chicane by the Argentinean Lopez, and was he forced to retire because of the damage suffered at the back of his car following the impact.
Javi started from an excellent ninth place after his excellent Saturday race, and made a good start, passing Filippi to be eighth into the first chicane. But the slow start of poleman Yoshimoto meant the whole group behind him, where Villa was placed, arrived bunched up at the first "variante". Javi braked correctly but, behind him, Lopez locked up in a spectacular fashion, hitting the back of the Spaniard's car and knocking off his rear wing.
Villa managed to complete the lap and bring the car back to the pits but the damage was extensive enough to not make it worth any attempt to try a quick fix in order to return to the race.
A real shame in a race that was looking like the perfect chance for Villa to get a great result on such a charismatic track as Monza.
Despite the unsurprising disappointment after today's events, Villa's last competitive GP2 weekend of the year was generally positive. The young Asturian-born driver had a very good race on Saturday and his laptimes were always improving for the whole weekend meaning that he finishes his first GP2 season on a high note.
For Villa the next season starts already with the first test session scheduled at the beginning of October where Javi and his team, Racing Engineering, will start working for 2007.
Javier Villa's own words:
"I had a good start, passing a BCN car on arrival at the first chicane but under braking I was hit from behind by Lopez and that was it. A real shame as we'd had a good race yesterday and could have got some good experience running with the main group. Now it's time of start thinking about next season as in a few weeks we are doing the first tests."