Although Javier got the rain he had been hoping for in today's Sprint Race at Silverstone he couldn't achieve the result he had been looking for as a late race spin saw him suffer his first retirement of the season. Conditions were very poor...
Although Javier got the rain he had been hoping for in today's Sprint Race at Silverstone he couldn't achieve the result he had been looking for as a late race spin saw him suffer his first retirement of the season.
Conditions were very poor as the 24 cars lined up on the grid, the air temperature was low and there was standing water on many areas of the track. Javier made a clean start from his 13th place on the grid and at the end of the opening lap he was lying in 12th. Conditions were terrible with very limited visibility especially when closing in on the car ahead and there were numerous spins and near misses as the drivers tried to get used to the wet track.
Lap 2 saw Javi, now lying 11th, involved in a close fight with Buurman, who was just ahead of the Racing Engineering driver, with Valsecchi right behind him. By lap 4 Javi had lost two places as he adjusted his driving style to the slippery conditions and lap 8 saw him dropping more places to Iaconelli and Grosjean but problems to cars ahead saw him still running in 13th.
As the race progressed Javier became more comfortable and he was soon battling hard with Valles who was just ahead with D'Ambrosio following closely behind. As the cars started lap 11 they were all closing in on Buurman and on the following lap Javi passed Valles to take 12th. Heavy rain now started to fall causing Iaconelli to spin promoting Javier to 11th just 0.5 seconds behind Buurman.
Buurman was clearly holding Javier up as he closed up on the Arden car all through the lap but the young Spaniard had to be cautious as D'Ambrosio was right behind and looking for a way to pass. As the race entered the closing laps Javier was holding D'Ambrosio at bay but on lap 21, following a close call at Stowe, as D'Ambrosio almost passed him Javier entered the Chicane and ran a little wide. In a moment Javi had two tyres on the grass and the Racing Engineering car span, the young Spaniard try to rejoin the race but the car stalled and Javi was out.
A disappointing race for Javier but he will now be looking forward to the next race in Germany with the hope that the recent problems that have prevented him from giving his best will now be behind him.
Javier Villa's own words:
"It was a difficult race and I didn't feel confident during the race. It was very difficult for me as I didn't make many races in the wet in general. The first part of the race I lost a bit and towards the end I was a bit quicker, but I need more."