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Force India create history, finish 2nd in Belgian GP

August 31, 2009

Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella created history by giving India their first-ever Formula One race point,

finishing a sensational second in the Belgian Grand Prix, even as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen
overtook the Italian, who started from the pole, to win the race.

Fisichella said he had achieved the goal of scoring points for his team Force India, partly owned by Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya.

It was Raikkonen’s first victory in 25 races and Ferrari’s first this year. It was also his first since the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix, and the 18th of his career.

It came on a day when the drivers’ championship battle was given a shake, if not tipped upside down, thanks to a multiple collision on the opening lap.

That accident, which took out four cars, removed drivers world championship leader Jenson Button of Brawn GP and fellow-Briton and defending champion Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes.

Button said: “I got a very good start. I got past Lewis, I made up four places. As we were going down the straight through turn five, Grosjean out-braked himself. It is so frustrating to be taken out like that.”

Hamilton shrugged off his fate, commenting: “It’s just one of those days.

For Button the damage to his car and his title hopes was limited as his main rivals failed to capitalise with big-scoring results.

His lead ahead of Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello was cut by only two points from 18 to 16 while German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull jumped back to third, by finishing third.

Vettel now has 53 points behind Barrichello on 56 and Button on 72 with five races remaining.

Raikkonen, champion in 2007, whose place in the team is under threat amid unconfirmed reports that Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Renault has signed to replace him next year, was delighted at ending Ferrari’s barren run of 11 races without a win after a barren first-half of the season.

Fisichella lost the lead he had established at the original start – the safety car was sent out during the first lap due to the accidents – when he was cautious at the re-start and Raikkonen surged into the lead.

But he finished up coming home only nine-tenths of a second behind the Ferrari, proving that the Force India’s Mercedes-Benz engine was the most effective on the circuit and certain to be a threat at the Italian Grand Prix next month. Behind the leading duo, who battled for victory, came Vettel ahead of Pole Robert Kubica, fourth for BMW Sauber, team-mate German Nick Heidfeld, with Finn Heikki Kovalainen sixth for McLaren Mercedes.

THE MONETARY GAINS

Fisichella’s podium finish will also bring monetary benefits to Force India:

• Force India’s travel expenses get taken care of next year, meaning Vijay Mallya’s expenses are brought down. For each lap an F1 car completes in a race, the cost is nearly $1,300 in fuel, tyres and brake wear.
• The 8 points mean that Force India, if it doesn’t finish last, get a share of the television rights money, which is rumoured to be the vicinity of $1.5 billion, at the end of the season. The teams have access to 47 per cent of the television revenues that Formula One Management earns. Each race produces a revenue of $229 million.
• Force India sponsors would’ve got major airtime courtesy the track position. For brands and sponsors, this is return on investment.
• Fisichella is also likely to be paid a point bonus as per his contract. Drivers can get upto $25,000 for every point they score.
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Force India completes double finish, though at the rear

June 23, 2008

Force IndiaForce India achieved its target of a double finish in the French Grand Prix here today with Giancarlo Fisichella bringing his VJM01 home in 18th position while Adrian Sutil was just behind at 19th.

This is the team’s first double finish since Bahrain. In a tough 70 lap race from which only one car retired, Fisichella started from 17th on the grid and immediately gained one position on the first lap before finishing at 18th with a time of 1:32:37.032.

Keeping pace with the group in front on his first stint, the Italian pitted late on lap 32 to try to gain track position. He remained in touch with the field, getting back to 16th by the mid point of the race, before dropping back to 18th following his second stop on lap 54.

Sutil too had a good start and was on the tail of the Honda of Barrichello in 17th until his first stop on lap 20.

In the middle stint on medium tyres, Adrian drove some strong laps and closed the gap, but — like his Italian teammate — his second stop dropped him back to the rear of the field, to finish 19th with 1:32:57.001.

The team will now return to its UK base to regroup ahead of a three-day test at Silverstone next week where a new aero and mechanical package will be tested for the first time.

Fisichella was happy that he and Sutil at least finished the race after failing thrice earlier.

“Our target from today’s race was to get to the end of the race and we did, so I am pleased from this respect as we have not finished the last three races,” he said.

“We had more reliability from the car but the pace was not as good as we would have liked. We need a step forward to move on. I’m looking forward to Silverstone where we have some new parts that should deliver more improvements.”

Sutil, however, rued that his pre-race plans did not worked out.

“We have had some better races this year. It was a bit frustrating. Both myself and Giancarlo had a very aggressive strategy to try to make up some more places in the race, but we also needed to have some luck. Unfortunately nothing happened in the race to other people,” he said.

“I had lots of times when I had to move over to let cars on the lead lap go past and got out of the rhythm. This was disappointing, seeing the cars passing you when you are lapping well. In the middle stint the pace was OK, it was just the strategy didn’t work out in the end,” said the German.

Chairman and managing director Vijay Mallya said, “Our goal here was to improve reliability and we can take some confidence that we have achieved this aim, with no problems on either cars,” he said.

“We had a strong strategy to try to make up places, which we needed to do when starting from the back, but sadly we could not capitalise on it with the extraordinary reliability of the field.

“However with this strong basis in the back of our minds we can now move onto Silverstone for the test next week, where we look forward to some new developments that should hopefully let us make up some time up to the field,” said Mallya.

The team’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said, “It’s good to get two cars to the finish today. In a race where only one car retired it was obviously going to be difficult but both drivers did a good job in general. Adrian’s strategy didn’t really work out for him. Overall though, it’s good to get a double finish and to get some reliability.”

Courtesy :- NDTV