Force India F1 boss Vijay Mallya has conceded that it was a shame his team couldn't achieve more from the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, especially after Giancarlo Fisichella put his VJM01 12th on the grid - easily the best qualifying performance of the season for the Silverstone-based outfit.

Fisichella started well after the initial safety car period and was battling with Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton early on, until a racing incident on lap 11, when he tagged David Coulthard's Red Bull.

That incident damaged Fisi's front wing and when it subsequently came off on the back straight he was a mere passenger and slid off into a gravel trap and into retirement.

Adrian Sutil also had a difficult event and while he finished, he was down in 19th and last - and branded it a 'race to forget'.

"Ultimately we would have liked to convert the strong qualifying into something more, but as with all other teams in the field, the tricky conditions were difficult to read and we could not move up," Mallya reflected.

"What we have learnt however is that we are competitive in full wet conditions, which could be very useful in the next race in Singapore, which we now need to focus on."

"A disappointing race for us," added chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne. "Giancarlo had a good fight in the first few laps with the quicker cars behind him but unfortunately when Coulthard passed him he lost his front wing on the back straight.

"It was also a difficult race for Adrian. He had some tyre issues later in the race, so we took a gamble to put him on the slicks, which didn't pay off. We had had a good performance here in practice and qualifying so it was a very disappointing end to the weekend."