Catalunya: Javier Villa race two report

Problems with the gearbox of his Dallara, which began even before the start, forced Javier Villa to retire from today's Sprint Race of the GP2 series at Montmelo's circuit. The Asturian driver had to start from the inside of the fifth row of ...

Problems with the gearbox of his Dallara, which began even before the start, forced Javier Villa to retire from today's Sprint Race of the GP2 series at Montmelo's circuit.

The Asturian driver had to start from the inside of the fifth row of the grid, but when trying to start the formation lap, the first gear on his car was not working, so he was stopped on the straight and condemned to start the race from the pitlane. Whilst the rest of drivers were starting the race, Javi's car was pushed started by the Super Nova mechanics, rejoining the track in last position with a big gap to the rest of runners.

With no chance of fighting for a points scoring position which was his target for today, Villa was still doing his best, running very fast and scoring even better lap times that the drivers at the front, from whom he was separated by nearly 20 seconds.

On the fifth lap, Javi was already making contact with the tail of the group ahead, and in successive laps he passed Herck and Teixeira, coming up to 19th position on the tenth lap taking advantage of Perez's spin. However the gearbox issues were increasing, with ever more downshifthing problems. After a few more laps, pushing hard behind a close group ahead, Villa had to pull into the pits being obliged to retire.

Thus the weekend ended for Javier which did not give him the results expected, though at least he could once again show his speed, with very good laptimes times when he was able to run without problems. Now the aim is to leave behind the bad luck suffered in Montmelo and to look forward to the next date of the GP2 series, nothing less than in the historic track of Monaco.

Javier Villa's own words: "It was a difficult weekend. In qualifying I had the pace to have fought for the pole and in both races I have been very fast, doing yesterday the fourth fastest lap and today the second fastest... and it shows that I am there. But it is not what we want, it is necessary to be ahead, finish the races and get points. Today it was a shame, I was starting out tenth and with chances to get two or three points given my pace, but a hydraulic failure in the gearbox did not allow me to select the first gear and I could not start. Then, after twelve laps it was totally jammed in fourth and I had to return to the pits."

-credit: javiervilla.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Javier Villa