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Force India in front again

September 12th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton, Italy, 2009Force India carried their strong pace from Belgium into qualifying at Monza with Adrian Sutil putting his car on the front row for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

Sutil had looked strong all weekend and the German only narrowly missed out on claiming Force India’s second pole in a row after Lewis Hamilton put a perfect lap together in the closing moments of the third qualifying session.

Kimi Raikkonen managed to get his Ferrari onto the second row ahead of Heikki Kovalainen but Giancarlo Fisichella found the Ferrari F60 a bit of a handful and was knocked out in Q2.  Fisi will start from 14th tomorrow – behind both Force Indias.

The two Brawns will start alongside each other on the third row of the grid and look very strong considering Ross Brawn has said they will be driving a one-stop strategy.  We will have to wait for the published car weights but it is likely all the cars in front of them will have to stop twice.

Despite being surrounded by KERS cars, Adrian Sutil is confident he can still fight for a podium:

We have a great package, this circuit suits us very well as we have an incredible top speed and also a good downforce package so the efficiency of the car is really good. I’m starting on the front row with Lewis for the first time since F3 and I’m really happy he is next to me, he’s a good friend but we will fight hard for it.

Sunday’s race will be split between those stopping once and those stopping twice and we will only really be able to get a clear picture once everyone has made their final pit stop.  It should be interesting…

2009 Formula One Italian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:24.066
2 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:24.261
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:24.523
4 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 01:24.845
5 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 01:25.015
6 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 01:25.030
7 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 01:25.043
8 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:25.072
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 01:25.180
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 01:25.314
11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 01:23.611
12 Romain Grosjean Renault 01:23.728
13 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 01:23.866
14 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 01:23.901
15 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 01:24.275
16 Timo Glock Toyota 01:24.036
17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 01:24.074
18 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 01:24.121
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:24.220
20 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:24.951

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