It was a stunning day today at Barcelona for Javier as he drove a superb race showing great maturity on his way to second place, by far and away his best result in GP2. Following on from his eighth position in Saturday's race the reversed grid...
It was a stunning day today at Barcelona for Javier as he drove a superb race showing great maturity on his way to second place, by far and away his best result in GP2.
Following on from his eighth position in Saturday's race the reversed grid for today's race saw Javi sitting in pole position ahead of teammate Sergio Jimenez. All eyes were on Javi, especially those of the Spanish fans that had turned out in force to watch one of their new heroes. As Javi sat waiting on the grid F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone offered him his good wishes for the race.
If Javi wasn't nervous enough at sitting on pole for the first time his nerves must have been stretched even more when the start was aborted as two cars stalled on the grid. Following another warm up lap this time the cars got away cleanly and Javier jumped into an immediate lead and started to pull away from the second placed car of Di Grassi.
After three laps Javi had pulled out a couple of seconds advantage but behind him things were changing as Glock moved up to second place. Javi and Racing Engineering were well aware of the pace Glock had shown in yesterday's race and when Glock slipstreamed past Javi on lap 7 he sportingly made to effort to block Glock as the young Spaniard was fully aware that he would need to preserve his tyres for later in the race.
As Glock pulled away in the lead Javi concentrated on consolidating his second place and he drove faultlessly whilst being one of the fastest on the track. After 15 laps Di Grassi began to close the gap by a tenth or two on each lap but Javi refused to be ruffled even when the gap came down to less than a second. Yesterday's winner Senna also closed in and joined in the battle and as he and Di Grassi squabbled over third Javi kept cool and stayed a few lengths ahead.
The last few laps were soon gone and Javi crossed the line in second place punching the air in delight at his tremendous result in front of so many supporters.
Afterwards Racing Engineering chief Alfonso D'Orleans praised Javi for both his mental strength, remarkable for a 19 year old, and also for his speed and error-free performance.
Javier Villa's own words:
"I made a great start and pulled out a couple of seconds but Glock was just so quick I couldn't fight him. The last 18 laps were really nice, the car was really good and I was able to keep ahead of Di Grassi and Senna. This is such a great result for me after having to start 26th yesterday; the team did a fantastic job and it was wonderful to do so well in front of all the fans that were supporting me."