Sutil, Fisichella to start 19th, 20th at Turkish Grand Prix

Istanbul, May 10 (UNI) The Force India Formula One Team will start the Turkish Grand Prix which starts here tomorrow with Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella in 19th and 20th positions respectively.

Despite the low qualifying slots, with under two seconds covering the field, the team was satisfied with the performance given the relative competitivity of the car.

Fisichella incurred a three grid place penalty incurred yesterday while Sutil enjoyed a productive session that saw the team make a clear step forward from the practice pace for the first time this season.

With a stronger pace over a race distance, the team is looking forward to improving on the starting positions in tomorrow's 58-lap Grand Prix.

Sutil, who failed to finish in Malaysia and New Zealand, was elated with his showing here.

''Actually I had quite a good qualifying and we made a big improvement from practice,'' he gushed. ''My car in the free practice had a few problems with the balance so we did a few changes between the sessions and it was better for the afternoon.'' ''On the last set of tyres I couldn't improve my time and didn't get the grip I expected and locked up into turn 12, but it was not so bad overall. From a performance perspective, to better to the practice pace and to get close to the rest of the field is positive,'' he added.

Fisichella was happy with the performance and was confident of doing well in the race.

''I did a clean lap and the team did a good job with the car,'' he said. ''The balance is not bad, but we just need more grip and more downforce to move forward with the grid position. I am looking forward to a better race tomorrow.'' Force India had recorded their maiden top 10 finish at the Spanish Grand Prix last month.


Story first published: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 20:03 [IST]
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