Yet another GP2 race finish for Javier Villa, who crossed the line in 13th position in the Hockenheim sprint race, thus completing both races held this weekend at the German track. Villa started from 11th position on the grid, following his good...
Yet another GP2 race finish for Javier Villa, who crossed the line in 13th position in the Hockenheim sprint race, thus completing both races held this weekend at the German track.
Villa started from 11th position on the grid, following his good race of the day before, and he made a good getaway allowing him to get past Sergio Hernandez's car, who was in front of him at the start. A slight off by Bruni and the accident of Piccione, a few yards ahead meant Villa was already eight at the end of the first lap, staying, without difficulty, on the pace of the front runners.
On lap six, Bruni, the winner of Saturday's race, was coming back really quickly and went by Villa who was then 9th but still running at good pace and keeping at bay the fierce group of Yoshimoto, Premat and Lapierre. But the tyres of Villa's Dallara were starting to go off on the abrasive Hockenheim surface as a result of the quick pace and Javier couldn't avoid having a slide exiting the hairpin which allowed his three rivals to pass him on acceleration. A few meters ahead, thought, Yoshimoto and Premat crashed into each other so Villa recovered two of the three lost places.
However from this point of the race the tyre degradation prevented Villa from keeping up his early rapid times and from them on it was just a matter of trying to bring the car home. Villa couldn't defend his 9th place and slid back to 14th after an off road moment a few laps latter that didn't damage the car but cost him both time and positions.
Finally Javier Villa crossed the line in 13th position, albeit just 12 seconds adrift of his teammate Adam Carroll, who finished 8th after also losing several places as the race developed despite his good spot on the second row of the grid.
Javier Villa's own words:
"I had a good start running as high as eighth and lapping fast on the opening laps but the car was sliding two much. After yesterday's race we made a few changes on the setup but it wasn't enough and as as the race developed the car was sliding even more so I ended up having a couple of outbraking moments which meant I was losing positions in the second half of the race."