Shortly before the start of the today's Sprint Race rain began to fall but it had stopped again as the cars lined up on the grid and, although the track was still very slippery in some areas, all the teams opted to use slick tyres. Javier was ...
Shortly before the start of the today's Sprint Race rain began to fall but it had stopped again as the cars lined up on the grid and, although the track was still very slippery in some areas, all the teams opted to use slick tyres. Javier was starting from 17th on the grid following the disqualification of Zuber from yesterday's results and the young Spaniard made a good start avoiding several cars that were slow away with too much wheelspin on the damp surface.
Over the opening laps Javier drove carefully as a number of cars ran wide and suffered brake-locking moments and by lap 3 he was in 15th place. Lap 5 saw Javi gain a place following a spin from Conway and on the same lap an accident to Valerio saw the deployment of the Safety Car and another accident, this time by Parente, as the Safety Car lined up the drivers saw Javi promoted to 12th.
As the Safety Car pulled into the pits two laps later Javi gained two more places to 10th as both Filippi and Nunes, who were running just in front of him made contact as they accelerated on the damp track and Javi quickly reacted to avoid both cars. Within another two laps Javi was up to 9th following Senna's retirement and he was now involved in a very close battle with Valsecchi and Chandhok.
Suddenly it began to rain again and Grosjean spun promoting Javier to 8th as he began to close on a big battle ahead between Buemi, Kobayashi and di Grassi. The track was getting more and more difficult with some areas such as La Source very wet but further round the track it was still relatively dry. Javier was finding it harder to keep up his pace as the conditions deteriorated and on lap 12 he lost a place to Valsecchi and two laps later he was down to 10th as Chandhok got past.
Over the remaining laps Javier concentrated on not making a mistake and making sure that the chasing Grosjean did not get any closer, he gained another place when Soucek crashed and he crossed the finishing line at the end of a difficult race in 9th position.
Javier Villa own words: "Again 5 minutes before the start of the race the rain began to fall, but finally it stopped and we could start with slick tires although there were some very difficult zones. I start well and I was 11th. I got up to 8th and I could push hard. But it started to rain again and the track was very difficult. I cut the "chicane" twice and finally I finished 9th in a race with a lot of ups and downs. It's a pity because in a dry race I could finish 5th or 6th. Now we go to Monza where I can hopefully show where we really are."