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Best yet for Force India F1.

The Force India F1 team made it through to Q2 for the very first time in its short history on Saturday, when Giancarlo Fisichella survived the first knock-out phase and then put his VJM01 in twelfth place on the grid for this Sunday's Italian GP.

It is easily the best qualifying performance of the season for the former Spyker/Midland/Jordan outfit, which has gone through a number of different incarnations in recent years.

Indeed the last time the Silverstone-based outfit survived Q1 was at the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix.

Fisichella excelled in the wet and windy qualifying session in front of his home fans, with his final lap being the 13th quickest of Q1.

The Italian pushed hard in the opening minutes of the second segment to record the 12th fastest of the remaining 15 cars - just five hundredths from the crucial tenth position and Q3 - but as conditions worsened, it was clear that he would not better this time.

Giancarlo will now start his home race surrounded by race winners, Robert Kubica and David Coulthard, reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen and current world championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

"Of course I'm really pleased to be able to give the team its first entry into Q2 this year and particularly here in Monza," said Fisi. "Conditions in the first session were bad at the start and it was difficult to find some grip but they improved at the end and that was when I was able to find some space and push.

"We went out as soon as we could in the second session as the rain was getting heavier and we really did the optimum - we weren't too far from Q3 with the quickest lap. Unfortunately then the rain just got worse and it was going to be impossible to improve.

"I'm really looking forward to the race, and with the predicted rain I think it will be very exciting. I'm going to try hard here - I scored my first win in similar conditions in Brazil with this team [back when it was called Jordan Grand Prix], and although that's going to be difficult here, we can at least try for points."

Adrian Sutil meanwhile started Q1 well in the sister car. However, he struggled with his second set of tyres and consequently will line-up on the back row in 20th position next to Jenson Button's Honda.



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Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India VJM01, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race,  Sahara Force India mechanics
27.11.2016 - Race,  Sahara Force India mechanics
27.11.2016 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
27.11.2016 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 fans
27.11.2016 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09

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