After starting from eleventh position on the grid, Javier Villa crossed the finishing line in eighth place at the end of the GP2 Series feature race run today on the circuit of Monaco. This result fulfilled his targets, as it resulted in scoring a...
After starting from eleventh position on the grid, Javier Villa crossed the finishing line in eighth place at the end of the GP2 Series feature race run today on the circuit of Monaco. This result fulfilled his targets, as it resulted in scoring a point and gaining the right to start from the pole position in the Sprint Race to be held tomorrow.
Nevertheless, minutes after finishing the race, Javier was receiving the bad news from the Stewards who decided that he and another seven drivers had incurred an infraction at Saint Devote corner, just after the start. The result was a penalty of 25 seconds for them all so the final classification was substantially modified, so Javi's hard earned eighth place was turned into tenth.
A frustrating conclusion, especially bearing in mind that Javier had no option other than to cross the line that delineates the inside of the first corner to avoid an accident, he did not gain a positional advantage with the move. In fact, after the always complicated initial lap on the narrow street track of Monaco, Villa was blocked in the centre of the group and he could only start recovering positions after the mandatory change of tires. After his pit stop, and in spite of losing slightly more time than expected in the tyre change, Javi could finally run several clean laps without traffic, scoring good times and getting up to this eighth final position, which was the culmination of a good race and was giving him a great chance of shining in the short sprint race, starting from the pole.
Unfortunately, the penalty ruined the good work of Villa and Super Nova, condemning the Asturian to start again tomorrow from the centre of the group, which in the Sprint Race, without pit stops and in a track where overtaking is near to impossible, means that the possibilities of scoring points are much reduced, although Javier will still try hard.
Javier Villa's own words: "At the beginning I was a bit blocked in the group but I recovered enough time after the change of tires, though in the pit lane we lost a bit and returned to track 13th, when we had to do it in front of Filippi. From then on I continued pushing, in spite of the always small incidents that take place in Monaco, and at the end I was eighth and with good lap times...but then to me, and to another seven drivers, we were handed a penalty of 25 seconds for passing the apex of the first corner on the right, something that we had to do because when we got there, the road was blocked and while braking I went right to avoid hitting anybody, but I did not gain positions, continuing in the same position in which I went out."