Force India disappoints at Brazilian Grand Prix

Sao Paolo, Nov 3 (UNI) The miracle Force India was praying for didn't happen in the end and with drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella finishing 16th and 18th respectively in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the newest kid on the Formula One block ended its maiden season without a point.

The Brazilian Grand Prix was the last chance to break the duck and Giancarlo Fisichella drove an excellent race, running as high as third at one stage, before an undetected clutch problem cooked his goose and the Italian eventually had a disappointing finish.

His younger German teammate Adrian Sutil ran a steady race in the chaotic rain-soaked track.

Fisichella's maiden points this season looked agonisingly close after the Italian had made an inspired early call to change to dry tyres on lap two following the heavy rain on the grid.

The Italian catapulted to the third position when the rest of the field pitted some five laps later and he held a points scoring finish until his first pit stop on lap 38.

An undetected clutch problem, however, led to two stalls in the pit and Fisichella dropped from the sharp end of the field to the rear.

The points may have slipped through his fingers but the driver was happy with the way he raced.

''It was an exciting race, with so many things happening,'' Fisichella said after the race.

''It was a good decision to go to the dry tyres after the safety car came out and then it was looking very good. This part of the race was fantastic, even though it was very difficult through the first part of the circuit...The lap time was getting much better, then for a while I was in the first three and was keeping a good pace,'' he added.


Story first published: Monday, November 3, 2008, 14:35 [IST]
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