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Force India gets its crowing glory

By Motortrend India Staff   |   30 August,2009

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella created history by giving India their first-ever Formula One race point, finishing a sensational second in the Belgian Grand Prix, even as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen overtook the Italian, who started from the pole, to win the race.


Fisichella, who created history for Force India, said he was bit saddened by the result.


"Actually I was quicker than Kimi. He could overtake me just because of KERS at the beginning after the safety car phase and I am a little bit sad. It is great because we finished second, but actually we could have won the race," the Italian said.


He said they had achieved their goal of scoring points for his team Force India, partly owned by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya. "It is a great result for us. The target was to score points and to finish second with eight points is a great result, but I am a bit sad."


Raikkonen give his team, Ferrari, their first victory since last year's Brazilian GP. German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was third. Raikkonen needed one hour 23:50.995 seconds for the 44 laps of 7.004 kilometres each for a total distance of 308.052 km.


The safety car had to be deployed on the first lap after a multiple-car crash saw defending world champion Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes, championship leader Brawn GP's Jenson Button, the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari and Romain Grosjean in a Renault, withdraw.


After the safety car withdrew on the fourth lap Raikkonen's Ferrari, which was driving with the speed-accelerating KERS system, managed to straight away overtake Fisichella for the lead and the Finn admitted that he benefited from the KERS system.



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