Force India has set its sights on a double points after Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil qualified inside the top twelve in Monaco.

Both drivers made it through the traffic in Q1 with Liuzzi then successfully securing his slot in the final phase of qualifying, setting the tenth quickest time to earn a place on the fifth row of the grid.

"It's been a good day for us, Q3 was definitely the target and we got it, which is really great after the last two difficult qualifying sessions," he said. "I think we could even have got P9 as I was going quicker on the last lap but just locked up into the chicane and lost a little bit. But I love Monaco - it's such a special event - and it's good to start so high up.

"Being in the top ten puts us in a strong position for tomorrow's race as overtaking is so difficult to do here. We are positive we can fight for points this race, which is the most important for the team at this point in the season."

Team-mate Adrian Sutil had hoped to join the Italian in the final phase of qualifying but lost out when a yellow flag was thrown at the end of Q2 when Vitaly Petrov went into the barriers at St Devote.

As a result, he will line up twelfth on the grid.

"Today was a difficult session as the car was very fast but I just couldn't manage to get any lap in Q2," he said. "There was a lot of traffic and then the Renault crash in turn one came just at the wrong time and hit me quite badly. I'm quite disappointed as when I did get some clear air my tyres were cold and the lap I did was not enough.

"We just missed getting to Q3 but it should still be a good race. P12 is right in the middle of the field and I like the circuit, the car feels good and I'm going to try my best to get some points tomorrow. You never know what can happen here."


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