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Double points joy for FIF1

Force India F1 team vows to build on Monte Carlo success and come back even stronger in Turkey.
Force India F1 team boss and chairman Dr Vijay Mallya was delighted following the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the sixth round on the schedule.

Indeed not only did the Silverstone-based outfit manage to score again, something it has now achieved in five of the six races so far, but it also notched up its first double points result of F1 2010, with Adrian Sutil coming home eighth and Vitantonio Liuzzi ninth.

Speaking after the most prestigious race on calendar, Mallya added that his team will be even stronger in Turkey in two weeks time.

“I am delighted with today's results. At the start of the season we said we wanted to be regular points' finishers and to date that's exactly what we have done, but to do so with two cars is a real step up,” Mallya reflected.

“Adrian and Tonio drove brilliant races, keeping focussed despite the numerous safety car periods and yellow flags, and really deserved to get in the points. It's very pleasing to see us keeping pace yet again with the larger teams on merit and we can now take this result away with us, build on it and come back even stronger in Turkey.”

Sutil and Liuzzi meanwhile were also both pretty pleased to take points at the Principality, something that increases the team's tally to 30 points and their individual scores for the year to 20 and 10 respectively.

“It was a very good race for us here today,” Sutil stated. “I was P12 on the grid but we had a really great start and I made up two positions on the first lap. We then had a good first stop where I gained a position to be P9 and then I could just do my own race.

“I had quite a lonely race with a big gap most of the time to the car in front and then the car behind so I was just pacing myself for a lot of the race.

“I had a very good balance at the end when the grip picked up so I am pretty happy with everything today: eighth position and a few points, we can be quite satisfied with this after the qualifying yesterday.”

Liuzzi added: “It was quite a difficult race with a lot of incidents and safety car periods to deal with, but I like these type of conditions. We were P9 after the start but I think we stopped a couple of laps too early for our tyre change, which just allowed Adrian to pass us when he came in.

“But as a team we can be very satisfied as we got both cars in the top ten and in the points, which is good for the overall morale of the team. We have really deserved this type of result but for various reasons this is the first time it's happened. It's really just the start - we have to try and carry this forward for the rest of the season. We are doing a good job back at the factory and from this point on the circuits should come towards us so we can be positive about the future.”



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Race, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Race, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 leads Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Saturday Practice, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Thursday Practice2, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Race, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 leads Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Force India F1 Team, VJM03

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