Javier Villa was unable to finish the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone after suffering engine problems that forced him to withdrawn with two laps to go. Javi started from the 13th position on the grid but had problems with the ultrasensitive ...
Javier Villa was unable to finish the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone after suffering engine problems that forced him to withdrawn with two laps to go.
Javi started from the 13th position on the grid but had problems with the ultrasensitive Dallara's GP2 clutch the car nearly stalled as he got away and he lost a lot of places finishing the first lap only 19th. >From there on Villa started to push and run at a good speed, soon recovering several positions after passing Tahinci on the foirth lap and Tung on the fifth to climb back to seventeenth. Two laps later, Javier was able to gain two more places when Glock and Zaugg had a coming together, so Javier was now up to 15th after only 7 laps and closing in on his team-mate Filipe Albuquerque, 14th after a good start.
Over the next few laps Villa was getting closer to Albuquerque with both drivers closing in on the group that was battling for tenth position: Ammermuller, Chandhock, Pantano and Senna. But Javi couldn't continue his recovery as he started to notice a drop in his engine's performance as its temperature was going up. After a few laps in these conditions, the Spaniard went into the pits where his team discovered a tear-off off visor in one of his car's radiators. It was removed and Javi was back to the track but the engine temperature was still too high so the decission was made to pull out for good in order to avoid more serious engine damage.
So finished a really complicated weekend for Villa, a sharp contrast with his magnificent results at Magny Cours just one week ago. But the GP2 series is like that, with very little difference between all the contenders. The fact that there have been nine different winners in nine races this season shows how fortunes change from race to race. So now it's time to forget Silverstone and focus on the next race meeting of this frantic summer which takes place in two weeks time at the German track of the Nurburgring
Javier Villa's own words:
"I had clutch problems at the start, the car almost stopped and that meant I lost several places. Then as I was recovering the tear-off visor of another driver ended up in the radiator and caused an increase in the temperature. I went into the pits, cleaned out the radiator and went back to the track but it was still overheating so I stopped to avoid blowing up the engine."