Javier Villa finished today's GP2 Feature Race at Silverstone very happy about his performance, something that could sound odd given that he ended up just 13th, but the explanation for his good mood at the end of the race is that, finally, it...
Javier Villa finished today's GP2 Feature Race at Silverstone very happy about his performance, something that could sound odd given that he ended up just 13th, but the explanation for his good mood at the end of the race is that, finally, it seems as if he definitely knows what the problem is that has prevented him from shining in recent races.
On a track with so many long straights as the British track has Villa has noticed that it's here, where power is the key, that his car prevents him from fighting on equal terms with his rivals. It is very likely an engine problem, totally beyond the control of his team, Racing Engineering, and this should be fixed for the next race weekend, as Villa's engine is due to have a complete revision at the engine builder's workshops in the next few days.
Throughout today's race Javi was among the fastest in the twisty section of the track, always getting closer to the cars ahead in the corners only to be unable to use the slipstream to get past them due to the lack of high end speed in his car. Being one of the last drivers to make his mandatory pit stop, Villa ran as high as second before his tyre change, coming back to the track 17th and recovering to 13th at the end of the race. It wasn't the result that was the important thing today for the young Spaniard, who focused in the post race analysis on the good feelings he had at the wheel of his Dallara, setting good laptimes, around half a second shy of the fastest despite the evident lack of maximum speed of his car. However the setup was much to his liking and that allowed him to really push, especially in the second half of the race, after his pit stop.
Ahead of tomorrows Sprint Race Villa's hopes are with the rain forecast being accurate, something that did not happen today. In a wet race he feels able to fight against anybody and try to take advantage of the usual lottery that such a race at the fast Silverstone track should become. In this fashion Javi can get a result that seems out of his reach in a dry race given the mechanical limitations that he hopes will soon be overcome.
Javier Villa's own words:
"Despite the fact it seems odd I'm very happy even if I finished 13th. The reason is that now we know what's going on, the car doesn't go well on the straights and I noticed it today very clearly. I felt very comfortable with the car setup and after the pit stop I could really push hard, lapping something like 4 tenths slower than the faster cars. In the corners we were going very well, entering the straights faster than the cars ahead and into their slipstream... only to then be unable to overtake them even if when getting side by side. Tomorrow it will be hard , and if it rains it will be a lottery , but at least we know what happened and I'm confident we will soon put things right."