Giancarlo Fisichella scores first points for Force India in Spa (pictures)

Giancarlo Fisichella scored a remarkable second at Spa - and could've won

Giancarlo Fisichella scored a remarkable second at Spa - and could've won

Giancarlo Fisichella finally gave Force India their first ever points in Formula 1 on their 30th attempt.

He chased Kimi Raikkonen around every lap at Spa-Francorchamps, rarely more than a couple of seconds behind. With Raikkonen’s temporary team mate Luca Badoer enduring a second dire race, speculation is rife Fisichella will be a Ferrari driver at Monza.

Fisichella kept his lead from pole position at the start while Raikkonen used his KERS – and plenty of the tarmac apron at the first corner – to get a run past Robert Kubica into second.

The Force India driver might well have stayed ahead of Raikkonen if the safety car hadn’t been scrambled following the first lap crash. But on the restart Fisichella was powerless to resist Raikkonen’s KERS-powered attacks and lost the lead on the run to Les Combes.

Raikkonen was never out of Fisichella’s sights all race long – the pair even pitted on the same lap twice. An extra lap of fuel at his first stop could have been enough to get Fisichella the lead – but even so what the team achieved was remarkable enough.

Fisichella has driven well this year, particularly at Monte-Carlo where he was ninth and only a few seconds away from scoring Force India’s first point.

With that milestone finally achieved – and their first podium to boot – can they go one place better at Monza?

The result lifts Force India from last in the constructors’ championship to ninth ahead of Toro Rosso. It means they’re in line to earn a lot more money at the end of the season, a precious lifeline for the cash-strapped team.

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50 comments on Giancarlo Fisichella scores first points for Force India in Spa (pictures)

  1. Juhhi said on 30th August 2009, 17:31

    OMG!! Who are these people who downplays KimiĀ“s performance of today??? That guy started from sixth place and overtake four cars before second lap starts. He was defending whole race his position against quicker car and did win that fight.

    Fisichellas performance was too very, very good. He was just not agressive what needed to pass. I.E. if Hamilton was driving that Force India, Kimi would been in serious problems.

    From all my heart, Kimi deserves this win and Fisi his second place. And Vettel was great too as he made to podium. Ten laps or less and he would been change to pass Fisi and even Kimi.

  2. inc0mmunicado said on 30th August 2009, 18:31

    Force India…cash strapped? The team is owned by a billionaire who has money to buy outrageously expensive (and controversial) items at auctions.

    Imagine how embarrassed BMW would be if Force India won as many or more races than them!

    Speaking of which, I was waiting for a repeat of Australia when Vettel and Kubica were 3rd and 4th on track with a few laps to go…

  3. nayanesh said on 30th August 2009, 18:59

    Kimi drove a terrific race.He fully deserved the win.no doubt about it.Fisi was excellent too.so was Vettel.Spa brought the best out of the drivers

  4. Gui Sampaio said on 30th August 2009, 19:01

    Who won the race? Kimi Raikonnen or Fisichella ? So long for serious journalism…

    • Icarus said on 30th August 2009, 20:13

      And what is a bigger surprising?

      I can’t believe how tedious and cynical people can be. Kimi hasn’t got enough attention over the last 8 or so years, you want more? Come on, please…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th August 2009, 23:33

      Who won the race? Kimi Raikonnen or Fisichella ? So long for serious journalismā€¦

      This is an article on an F1 team scoring their first point. It doesn’t happen very often. Do you really think it’s not worthy of comment?

  5. Ronman said on 30th August 2009, 19:04

    Very Nice job from Fisi,

    i was amazed that he was faster, and bummed that he couldn’t mount a challenge to the CURSE.

    it would have been great if he had won, but Raikkonen proved his Ice cold demeanor by not putting one wheel move wrong while he was being chased.

    i rated the race as excellent, because for once, the leader wasn’t running away with it because of different tires, or anything stupid like that…. but i wonder what would have happened if Fisi had delayed one of his pitstops by one lap? will be one of the best what ifs scenario

  6. Any chance of all the belguim gp pics?

  7. I think Fisi should stay with Force India and help build on this succses.

  8. I thought that we are interested in who was best driver today ? Force India and Red Bull were best cars but best driver won. If Lewis had been driving like Kimi did, this would have been evidence that he is all time best . Are you guys little bit bitter when Kimi shows who is real master of track ?

    • Patrickl said on 30th August 2009, 23:09

      Indeed. Kimi seems to get a lot of flak for eating ice cream after his car breaks down, but when he snatches the win from under the noses of several drivers in faster cars, no one seems to be paying attention.

      Great drive from Kimi.

      BTW did Renault send Alonso out again with an ill fitted front wheel? They put on the next fairing, but it really looked like they didn’t get it locked properly. It looked like it was locked but at the wrong angle.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th August 2009, 23:35

      I’m surprised by the bitterness exhibited by some Raikkonen fans to what I think is entirely just praise of the good work done by Fisichella and Force India this weekend. It doesn’t diminish Raikkonen’s achievement at all to praise the guy he beat.

    • master of track?

      He is not the best driver out there in my opinion. By all means it was a good drive and he is a brilliant driver and yes one of the best on the track. He’s completed 8 seasons in F1 now, 5 times finishing higher than his team mates, but 3 times lower to Heidfield, Coulthard & Massa – all good drivers but you can’t call everyone a master else it kinda defeats calling someone one.

      (Also to note is twice when he beat his team mates they didnt even complete a whole season I believe.)

      Kimi won this race by a fantastic start using kers, and a good restart after the safety car again using kers. Then a good defence using kers. By all means a good drive and excellent use of kers, but without the restart force India would have left him for dust.

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