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FIF1: We had hoped for more.

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."


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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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Dany Brown

September 17, 2008 3:59 AM

I hope it will be more like 3 or 4 seasons before Mallya turn this little team into someting decent. The guy seem to have the two thing that matter the most in F1, passion and money!!! For sure money is the most important of the two, but Mallya don't seem to be missing any...



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