Javi Villa only had the chance of completing very few laps in the first 2007 GP2 series race, held today at the Sakhir track in Bahrain. The engine on Javi's Dallara blew up in quite spectacular fashion on lap seven when he was involved in a close...
Javi Villa only had the chance of completing very few laps in the first 2007 GP2 series race, held today at the Sakhir track in Bahrain. The engine on Javi's Dallara blew up in quite spectacular fashion on lap seven when he was involved in a close fight to improve positions from his 21st slot on the grid.
The retirement was inevitable and the worst thing about it was that the problem was detected by the team before the race, who then notified Mecachrome, but their technicians assured Racing Engineering that everything would be fine for the race. Something that, given what happened later, wasn't exactly an accurate prediction!
For Javi the early retirement was quite disappointing as his race start was good, avoiding all the usual first lap melees and setting a good pace that allowed him to close in on Borja Garcia, who at the end of the day was 8th and will start tomorrow's race from pole. Villa's strategy was to take advantage of his pitstop to do as many clean laps as possible and that way, given his good pace, recover several places. But the engine failure didn't allow any of this to happen.
Furthermore, due the early retirement, Javi will have to start tomorrow from the 21st grid position which seriously compromises his chances of a good result. It will be a matter of going out head down from the get go in order to gain positions on the track as in the sprint race there aren't any pit stops so strategy has little effect.
Javier Villa's own words:
"I was going quite well, getting closer to Borja and his teammate when the motor blew. We had already warned Mecachrome about it not sounding right and not running well and, at the end, it just went off. A shame as our strategy was to do the pit stop a bit later to get some clean laps and that would have allowed me to push more. Now everything is much more difficult for tomorrow as we are starting 21st and given that there isn't a pitstop in the sprint race I'll have to push as much as I can right from the start."