Javier Villa was out of luck in today's Feature Race at Spa Francorchamps when difficult weather conditions saw the young Spaniard unable to finish higher than 18th. It began to rain shortly before the start of the race forcing all the teams to...
Javier Villa was out of luck in today's Feature Race at Spa Francorchamps when difficult weather conditions saw the young Spaniard unable to finish higher than 18th.
It began to rain shortly before the start of the race forcing all the teams to put wet weather tyres on their cars and to make the decision whether to change their set-ups to suit the slippery track. It was still raining as the race was due to begin so the first lap was held behind the Safety Car to enable the drivers to get used to the now wet circuit.
Starting from 21st place on the grid it was always going to be difficult for Javier to be able to get up to a points scoring position and Javi soon found himself in a battle with Kobayashi and Chandhok but with the long Belgian circuit varying from very wet to just damp over its length overtaking was extremely difficult.
Within a few laps the rain had stopped and the clouds began to disperse and on lap 8 Javi, who was then lying 14th mostly as a result of drivers ahead pitting, made his own mandatory stop where the Racing Engineering team fitted a set of dry tyres. Within two laps of resuming the track the Safety car and the Medical car were deployed as Valsecchi had a big accident and Javi and all the other drivers lined up behind the Safety Car for 5 laps until the green flag was shown and racing resumed.
Javi was now lying in 19th place on lap 15 but two laps later it was announced that he would have to take a drive-through penalty for overtaking another car when the Safety Car was on the track. This penalty effectively ruined any chances Javi had of getting a good finish and at the end of the 26 laps he grossed the finishing line in 18th place, taking advantage of several incidents to other drivers in the closing laps. It will be difficult for Javi to get into the points in tomorrow's Sprint Race but if the weather conditions are better tomorrow he might still have one of his great drives through the field.
Javier Villa own words: "Today it wasn't that good for us. It started to rain few minutes before the beggining of the race so we started with wets and behind the safety car, but on lap seven we were already in for the slicks as rain stoped soon. Then it was another safety car and it all was a bit confusing, and we got a drive trough penalty so that was all and we couldn't finish better than 18th. From there we'll have to try to do a good race tomorrow, the car today was perfect so we hope we could finish the weekend on a high."