The force is with Fisichella!


Force India's Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella and Force India's team owner Vijay Mallya pose at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on Sunday in Francorchamps, Belgium. AFPThe 36-year-old Italian driver, rumoured to have one foot in Ferrari, shunned extravagance to run a flawless race and trailed Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which had snatched the lead using the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, all the way for a podium finish and earn eight valuable points.

The Italian finished less than a second behind Raikkonen, who gave Ferrari their first success of the season. Germany's Sebastian Vettel was third for championship contenders Red Bull.
Fisichella’s team-mate Adrian Sutil had a rather rollercoaster outing with the German eventually finishing 11th.

Even though Fisichella was elated with the show, the 36-year-old Italian felt he could have won the race but for KERS. “Of course I could have won it. It’s a great result. The target was to win our first points and I finished second to get eight points. So that is great but I’m still a little sad since I could have won the race,” Fisichella said.
“I was quicker than Kimi and it’s only because of KERS that he got ahead of me. Still I kept pressing hard and finished less than one second behind the leader, which is great,” said the veteran driver.

With this, Fisichella renewed his tryst with Spa, which has traditionally been benign to him. It was at the same track in 1997 that Fisichella had finished second in a Jordan car.
For a car without the KERS boost, Fisichella displayed amazing racecraft in a race marked and marred by opening lap pile-up, early safety car and pit-stop fumbles.

Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, has now won four times in the past five years at Spa. Sunday's success was the Finn's first win in 26 races and 18th of his career.
"My aim has been to win at least one race and we try to keep third place in the (constructors') championship," said Raikkonen, who could have Fisichella as his Ferrari team-mate at the next race at Monza in Italy.

The opening lap scramble cost defending champion McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and current drivers’ title leader Brawn GP’s Jenson Button their races as both spun off.
Button, winner of six of the season's first seven races, had already suffered his worst qualifying of the year with 14th place on the grid. The Briton was hit from behind by Renault's French rookie Romain Grosjean in an accident at Les Combes that also took out Hamilton.

"I got a very good start. I got past Lewis, and obviously Rubens had his problem. I made up like four places," Button told the ‘BBC’. "As we were going down the straight through turn five, Grosjean out-braked himself. It's frustrating to be taken out like that."
Button's failure to score points for the first time this season left the Brawn driver 16 points clear of Brazilian team-mate and closest rival Rubens Barrichello, who collected two points for seventh place.

Barrichello, winner in Valencia last weekend, made a poor start and then had a scare in the closing laps when his engine started smoking. The Brawn caught fire moments after he crossed the finish line.

Button has 72 points, Barrichello 56 and Vettel 53 with five races remaining. Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber has 51.5 and slipped to fourth overall after finishing ninth.
Brawn have 128 points to Red Bull's 104.5. Ferrari are third on 56. At the back, Force India leapfrogged Toro Rosso to go ninth.

Poland's Robert Kubica was fourth for BMW-Sauber, ahead of German team-mate Nick Heidfeld and McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

Driver’s standings: Jenson Button (Bri) 72 points; Rubens Barrichello (Bra) 56; Sebastian Vettel (Ger) 53; Mark Webber (Aus) 51.5; Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) 34; Nico Rosberg (Ger) 30.5; Lewis Hamilton (Bri) 27; Jarno Trulli (Ita) 22.5; Felipe Massa (Bra) 22; Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) 17; Timo Glock (Ger) 16; Fernando Alonso (Spa) 16; Nick Heidfeld (Ger) 10; Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) 8; Robert Kubica (Pol) 8; Sebastien Buemi (Swi) 3; Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) 2.

 

 

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