Javier Villa kept himself in contention with the leaders of the GP2 Asia Series after managing two points in the Bahrain sprint race.
A difficult weekend for the Super Nova driver, although Villa qualified well and ran as high as fifth in the feature race, a problem during the pit stops saw him slip onto the fringes of the points, where he was eventually overtaken by Sergio Perez and forced down to ninth.
Nonetheless, Villa went some way to make amends in the sprint race when he got a mighty start from ninth to end the first lap in fourth position. Although he would lose out to a charging Jerome d'Ambrosio, Villa was able to resist the attentions of Kamui Kobayashi for a fifth place finish.
Classified fifth position in the driver standings now, Villa is confident he will have a revival of fortunes for the next round in Qatar.
“It was a very, very good start from P9 to P4 in the first corner and we finished 5th but I think that we have a very good car. We did a very good job in the weekend, a bit of bad luck, but I think for the next race we are in the top.”
Team-mate James Jakes, meanwhile, continued his difficult GP2 initiation, with spins in both races forcing him to retire.
“I made a poor start but managed to get a few positions ahead in the first couple of laps. The car balance was very good, it was looking after the rear tyres as we had planned but unfortunately I made a mistake at corner 13 and it pushed me into a spin and I wasn't able to continue. It's a shame because I think we could of possibly been in the top ten, which would have been a good result after starting where we did.”