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Fisi scores Force India’s first points

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Giancarlo Fisichella, Belgium, 2009Why can’t they all be like that?

The Belgium Grand Prix was a thrilling race on a fantastic circuit.  There was overtaking and excitement throughout the whole race.

Kimi Raikkonen may have taken the chequered flag on Sunday but it was only thanks to a pile up at Les Combes that he was able to pass Giancarlo Fisichella who had been on form all weekend.

The crash (which took out reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton and current leader Jenson Button) and subsequent safety car allowed Raikkonen to deploy his Ferrari’s KERS to power past the unboosted Force India of Fisichella.

After taking his first win of the season (and his first for 25 races) Raikkonen said:

I knew I needed to get past him. If I hadn’t been able to do that at the restart, they had too much speed and it would have been all over. But I was close enough coming out of the first corner, used KERS and it was pretty easy in that way to get in front. I knew that so long as I didn’t make any mistakes, I should win.

Despite scoring the first pole, points and podium for Force India, Fisichella knew if things had gone differently he could have been standing on the top step:

If you had asked me before coming to Spa, I would have said it would be fantastic to finish in the first eight and score a point for the team but, considering the pace we had all weekend thanks to improvements we’ve been making to the car, it was possible to win this race. My start had been perfect. When the safety car came out, I was over two seconds ahead. Kimi would not have been able to get near me for the rest of the race. But, because we had the restart, he was right behind me and able to use the KERS to overtake. There was nothing I could do. Second place and eight points is a fantastic result. But it could have been so much more.

The fact that Raikkonen was the sixth different driver to win in as many races means Jenson Button has still managed to hang on to a 16 point lead in the Championship.

2009 Belgian Grand Prix Race Results

Pos Driver Team Grid Time Points
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 6 23:50.995 10
2 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1 23:51.934 8
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 8 23:54.870 6
4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 5 24:00.961 5
5 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 3 24:02.271 4
6 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 15 24:23.758 3
7 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 4 24:26.456 2
8 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 10 24:27.203 1
9 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 9 24:27.954 0
10 Timo Glock Toyota 7 24:32.485 0
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 11 24:33.631 0
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 24:37.101 0
13 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 18 24:45.236 0
14 Luca Badoer Ferrari 20 25:33.172 0
RET Fernando Alonso Renault 13 retired, 26 laps 0
RET Jarno Trulli Toyota 2 retired, 21 laps 0
RET Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 14 crash, 0 laps 0
RET Romain Grosjean Renault 19 crash, 0 laps 0
RET Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 12 crash, 0 laps 0
RET Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 crash, 0 laps 0

Image: Force India

Fisichella takes shock pole at Spa

August 29th, 2009 No comments

Giancarlo Fisichella, Belgium, 2009Well no-one predicted that!

In a thrilling qualifying for Sunday’s Belgium Grand Prix that saw several big names not make it through to the top ten, Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella set a time of 1:46.308 to take pole position ahead of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli.

BMW showed a marked improvement with Heidfeld and Kubica qualifying 3rd and 5th respectively with Rubens Barrichello between them in 4th.

The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start from 8th and 9th ahead of Nico Rosberg who rounds out the top ten.  Just over a second separated Rosberg’s time from Fisichella’s.

Just as surprising as a Force India on pole was the failure of Championship leader Jenson Button to make it through to Q3; he will start from 14th tomorrow, a long way behind his team mate and the two Red Bull challengers.

Button has not made it onto the podium in the last four races and if Barrichello wins on Sunday with Button scoring no points he could see his lead reduced to just 8 points:

I’m a little bit worried because something is seriously not right.  It’s strange to be four or five tenths off Rubens – our cars are different but not that different.

Fisichella’s pole is his first since Malaysia 2006 and the first ever for the Force India team.

It’s unbelievable – I didn’t expect to be on pole position. Especially after yesterday. I was sixth and was quite surprised. There was a lot of understeering. The measurement on the downforce was not good.

This morning it was much better straightaway, and it was even better in qualifying than I expected. It’s amazing. I’m so happy about that. I need to thank the team. They did a fantastic job.

We will see how light Fisichella is running when the fuel loads are revealed but he was fourth fastest in Q2 so it looks like the Force India has real pace.

2009 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 01:46.308
2 Jarno Trulli Toyota 01:46.395
3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 01:46.500
4 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 01:46.513
5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 01:46.586
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:46.633
7 Timo Glock Toyota 01:46.677
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 01:46.761
9 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 01:46.788
10 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 01:47.362
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:45.119
12 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:45.122
13 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:45.136
14 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 01:45.251
15 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 01:45.259
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:45.951
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:46.032
18 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 01:46.307
19 Romain Grosjean Renault 01:46.359
20 Luca Badoer Ferrari 01:46.957

Image: Force India