Investigations by Renault engineers have proved that Giancarlo Fisichella was not at fault when he locked up and ran wide at the start of his qualifying lap in Monza.

Once again, the Italian's weekend has been compromised by a technical issue, since data showed that he had braked normally, and the brake system was at fault. Fisichella ended the session in ninth place, but moved up to eighth when Kimi Raikkonen's penalty was taken into account, but the Italian was extremely disappointed with the outcome of his session.

"I went with more fuel than this morning," he said, "Because Kimi blew the engine, we chose a different strategy just before the qualifying session. I'm a little bit disappointed. I think the strategy is not bad, and the speed we have is reasonable, but tomorrow is going to be difficult starting from eighth position."

Fisichella added that the Renault's straightline speed does at least mean that he'll be able to overtake. The Italian was among the fastest through the speed trap on the run to Parabolica.

"Yes, it's possible for us, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow," he admitted.

The team is also keeping faith with its driver.

"It all went wrong at the first corner, and he didn't recover from that," engineering director Pat Symonds told, "It's a shame, because he's been quick all weekend, and had the legs on Fernando through the test and right through practice. He could have really had a good result here."



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