2008 Spanish GP, race: Force India quotes 

Written by David on April 27th, 2008 at 5:58 pmLast Update: April 27th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Force IndiaMike Gascoyne, Chief Technical officer: “Good and bad. Both drivers had excellent starts but unfortunately Adrian just lost the car on the first lap and was forced to retire. Giancarlo drove an excellent race and was able to pick up several positions and run at the pace of the group in front as we expected. It was difficult at his first pitstop when the safety car came out as we were just seconds away from coming in, but Giancarlo did a great job to conserve fuel so we could hang on until the pitlane opened. We short fuelled him to jump the cars in the pitstop, which worked perfectly for us, but we then got bottled up behind Sato, which meant we couldn’t use the light car to build up the cushion and we dropped a couple of places. It was a shame as at one point 8th place was on the cards. But well done to Giancarlo and the team – our first top 10 finish. Once again our race pace shows well, but we now have to get Saturday right as we haven’t got the most out of qualifying yet.”

Adrian Sutil: “Again a disappointing day. After a good start into turn four I was on the inside and had a try to overtake another car, but it was too close and I couldn’t make the corner. I crashed into a car and my race was over then and there. A very disappointing end to the weekend.”

Giancarlo Fisichella: “Not too bad, 10th is the best result of the season so far. I know several cars had accidents but I did my best. After the first safety car period, the car was very good. I was comfortable and I think I was quite competitive. Then in the last stint the grip with the hard tyres wasn’t great. I was pushing but I was at the limit with the grip. I enjoyed the battle with Heidfeld – he was quicker than me but I managed to keep him behind for many laps. Better than yesterday definitely but we still need to work a lot and find something more.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Chairman and Managing Director: “I am so proud of this result today: a top 10 finish in our fourth ever race is quite some achievement, especially considering where this team was back at the end of last season. Giancarlo showed real star quality in the race, with a good start, pushing hard, keeping it together and actually being in a points scoring position for several laps. Keeping the car that was leading the constructors’ World Championship behind us also put a big smile on my face! Unfortunately Adrian was not so lucky; he tried to move up, sadly it didn’t work, but if you start close to the back you have to take risks. We now just have to work on qualifying and improve on this – if we start higher up the grid, who knows where we could go?”

source: Force India 

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