A second GP2 victory for Javier Villa! The young Spaniard dominated the GP2 series Sprint Race, held this Sunday morning on Germany's Nurburgring circuit, from start to finish. This is Javier's second victory of the year and it showed a stunning...
A second GP2 victory for Javier Villa! The young Spaniard dominated the GP2 series Sprint Race, held this Sunday morning on Germany's Nurburgring circuit, from start to finish. This is Javier's second victory of the year and it showed a stunning superiority over the rest of the pack.
As in his previous triumph at Magny Cours, Villa based his victory on the great recovery he made in Saturday's Feature Race that saw him finish in eighth place and take pole position for Sunday's race. From this privileged position Javi made a perfect get away whilst most of his rivals in the front rows of the grid were spinning their wheels as shown by the smoke from their rear tyres. His clean getaway meant Javi arrived well in front at the ever difficult first corner and immediately started to pull away.
At the end of the first lap, the Spaniard crossed the line already more than 2 seconds ahead and after setting the fastest lap on the second, being the only driver lapping under 1:43, his advantage was soon more than 3 seconds. Javi's pace was superior than the rest of the group, headed by Zaugg and Hirate, and the his lead was continuously increasing, moving out to 4 seconds at half race distance and going up to the 5 seconds mark on lap 15. His cause was greatly helped when his two closest pursuers, Zaugg and Hirate, made contact with the South African being out of the race on the spot.
Javi's driving was absolutely perfect, indicating how good the setup changes made overnight by his team, Racing Engineering were, and none of his rivals were able to lap as fast as him. Villa's advantage was continually increasing, it was up to 7 seconds with just 5 laps to go, and the fight was on for second place, with a really fierce battle in a group formed by Hirate, Nakajima, Maldonado, Glock and Di Grassi.
The last laps were almost a victory parade for Villa, with the only concern being as he straight-lined the last chicane which cost Javi only a few seconds but didn't stop him from easily keeping in the lead. Less than a couple of minutes later Javi crossed the finish line punching the air to celebrate his brilliant win, still 3.5 seconds ahead of Hirate and Nakajima.
Javi's second win means that he and yesterday's winner and current GP2 leader Timo Glock, are the only drivers who have been able to score a repeat victory in this really closely matched GP2 season. With the points scored this weekend, Villa is eight in the points standings and confirms himself as one of the fastest drivers in the F1 feeder category.
Javier Villa's own words:
"On the grid I was a bit nervous as we had had a few problems yesterday but I had a really fast start and built an advantage in the first laps. My pace was good and when Zaugg increased his I could still keep opening out the gap. I kept pushing until the very end and that's why I missed the chicane, I decided to go straight on and then slow down the next lap to avoid any problem and win the race."