Force India pulls off sensational pole

Force India pulls off sensational pole

Belgian Grand Prix

Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella exults after setting the pole position in Belgium on Saturday. AP

In the most dramatic qualification of the season where the traditional frontrunners bit dust, Fisichella had a fairytale outing as the veteran Italian made it to the first qualifying session (Q1) and went on to top the chart, something the outfit did not imagine even in their wildest of dreams.

Teammate Adrian Sutil also nearly made it to the Q1 as well before falling just shy of the mark. Sutil will start 11th on Sunday. Once again both the VJM02 cars demonstrated quick pace throughout the practice sessions with Sutil finishing third in the final free running.“It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect to be on pole. It’s amazing. It’s fantastic. I’m so happy,” an ecstatic Fisichella said after the qualifying sessions.

“I need to thank team because they did a fantastic job. I’m really, really happy — and really confident for tomorrow,” said the Italian.

It was an incredible performance by the 36-year-old driver and his minnows outfit, who are yet to secure their first Formula One points.

After the Q1 was over, Fisichella jumped out of his car and had his arms aloft in measured celebration.

It was Fisichella’s first pole position — fourth overall — since Malaysia 2006 when he was at Renault.