Fairytale stuff, says delighted Mallya

Talking from Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Mallya conceded it was an absolutely fairytale stuff but was not ready to talk about points.

“Let me make it clear, we are starting from the pole position but at the end of the day, it’s not right to speculate. I think getting the pole position is a huge achievement in itself. I’m happy for the team and the members,” he said. Putting the feat in perspective, Mallya said, “Giancarlo did a brilliant job. To get the pole position in Spa, considered one of the most challenging circuits is a huge thing and I’m extremely happy for the team and the fans.”

Mallya said even Adrian Sutil, who will start 11th on Sunday, could have qualified better but for the mid-field traffic. “Adrian did a good job but was unlucky not to qualify for Q3 (third qualifying session). He missed it by two hundredth of a second because of the mid-field traffic. Otherwise, he would have started closer than 11th,” Mallya, also the team principal, said.

Mallya, meanwhile, dismissed reports that Fisichella is all set to join Ferrari as a replacement for Luca Badoer. “Everybody here is asking me the same question,” Mallya said. “It’s nothing but a media speculation. Neither Ferrari approached me, not Giancarlo told me anything about such a thing. I cannot comment on a media speculation,” he added.

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