Javier Villa was classified 15th in the Hungaroring GP2 series sprint race, run on treacherous conditions with rain falling over the track. The race started behind the safety car because of the poor visibility caused by the large amounts of ...
Javier Villa was classified 15th in the Hungaroring GP2 series sprint race, run on treacherous conditions with rain falling over the track.
The race started behind the safety car because of the poor visibility caused by the large amounts of standing water on the track which immediately caught out a driver as experienced as Giorgio Pantano who spun off on the formation lap and was forced to start from the pits after some repairs on his car.
Eventually the safety car was back in the pits on lap 3 and the race started on a very slippery circuit. Javier Villa drove very prudently on the opening laps, avoiding mistakes whilst many of his more experienced rivals were spinning and outbraking themselves all round the track.
For Javier this was his first wet GP2 race and, prior to today, his only experience with this year's car on a rain soaked track were during the 30 minutes of free practice at Barcelona, so his only objective was to run faultlessly and gather experience while trying to complete the race.
As the race went on, Villa was increasing his pace and gaining positions by not making any mistakes while around him spins and offs were the norm. Javier survived until the last minute of the race, which run to the 45 minutes maximum time limit, when he was finally caught out by the slippery surface, spinning and touching the inside barrier with the front wing of his car. The Racing Engineering driver, despite this minor off, was able to bring the car back to the "parc ferme" and to finish the race classified in 15th position.
Javier Villa's own words:
"The track was very difficult today so I was cautious and pushing a bit more every time round but always trying to not make any mistakes. On the very last lap I spun, hitting the barrier with the front wing although I was able to get out of there and bring the car back to the parc ferme. It has been quite a difficult weekend but now it's already time to start thinking of the next race."