Silverstone: Javier Villa race one report

Javier Villa 14th in Saturday's race at Silverstone Javier Villa finished 14th at the Silverstone GP2 Feature Race held this afternoon on the British track. For Villa it was a really difficult race as he was faced with a car ...

Javier Villa 14th in Saturday's race at Silverstone

Javier Villa finished 14th at the Silverstone GP2 Feature Race held this afternoon on the British track. For Villa it was a really difficult race as he was faced with a car whose setup just wasn't good enough for the fast corners of the Northamptonshire circuit. After slightly improving the car setup from that used in qualifying, Javier started from 19th position and made a good getaway, running 12th at the end of the first lap.

But, given his starting position, the team tactics were to go for an early mandatory pit stop. Sadly this decision ended up in compromising Javier's chances because of excessive wear to the rear tyres with a setup that wasn't optimised for the fast corners. With a car that was suffering from huge oversteer, Javier couldn't keep up with his rivals pace, lapping two and three seconds slower than those around him. In these conditions the only option was to bring the car home, something that with the rear tyres so badly worn was challenging enough.

At least Villa managed to finish the race in 14th position and that will allow him to start tomorrow from the seventh row of the grid. For this final race of the weekend, the team will dramatically change the car setup looking for a solution to the tyre wear problems that so badly compromised Javier's chances in today's race.

Javier Villa's own words: "I had a good start, from 19th to 12th but doing the pit stop so early, as was the initial plan, meant that afterwards we just didn't have sufficient speed. The car was oversteering badly and we ended up with a tyre worn down to the canvas. It's the same setup problem we have been suffering at all the tracks with fast corners as found here or at Barcelona. On the slow tracks we are only between 5 and 8 tenths of a second slower than Adam, on fast tracks the difference goes up to 2 second per lap. For tomorrow's race we have to do some radical changes as we can't lap slower than today so we are trying a new setup in order to try and recover some time."

-www.javiervilla.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Javier Villa