It's time to stage a recovery again! Javier Villa will start tomorrow's race from the eleventh row of the grid after neither he or his team could find the right setup to get the maximum from the hard Bridgestone tyres supplied to all the GP2 ...
It's time to stage a recovery again! Javier Villa will start tomorrow's race from the eleventh row of the grid after neither he or his team could find the right setup to get the maximum from the hard Bridgestone tyres supplied to all the GP2 competitors this weekend. This, combined with today's low temperatures at Silverstone, caused some real headaches to most teams and drivers with a lot of spins and off track excursions.
At least Javi wasn't involved in any of these incidents which has given quite an unusual starting grid for tomorrow's feature race, with one of the event favorites, Bruno Senna, starting from last position, Timo Glock fifth and his teammate Zuber, usually behind him in qualifying, setting the pole, further surprises include Indian driver Chandhok in eighth place.
For Villa one of the reasons to be no higher than 21st were the problems he had in "pointing" his Dallara which hampered his free practice session. Despite the good work from his mechanics who duly found and fixed the problem, the short track time available meant that Javi and his engineer couldn't work through their scheduled work program for that ever crucial first half an hour of contact with the track. As a result Villa has to use the qualifying session to really start working on the car setup, something that combined with the great number of yellow flags due to cars spinning and the hard tyres that didn't give their best until after the first couple of laps prevented the Spaniard from improving his times as he would have liked to have done.
Starting so far back on the grid tomorrow Javi's only chance is to push hard from the very beginning and try to find, with his team, the best possible race strategy in order to use the mandatory pit stop to recover as many places as possible. His usually good race pace is allowing Villa to be optimistic about his chances, the target will be to look for the best possible final position at the end of the race in order to start Sunday's sprint as close to the front as possible and with good luck to score some more points.
Javier Villa's own words:
"We had some little problems with the direction in free practice and couldn't work as much as we'd have liked in the car setup so we had to do it in qualifying. Anyway, we have still to change quite a few things in the car for tomorrow. Starting so far back we'll have to prepare a good race strategy and to push quite a lot. Such kind of recovery race could be quite enjoyable when watched from outside but I would rather prefer to start up to the front!"