2009 British GP, race: Force India quotes 

Written by Nick on June 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pmLast Update: June 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Vijay Mallya: “It was a very impressive race performance today from Force India. We had our fair share of bad luck in qualifying yesterday with Adrian’s shunt, which unfortunately ruined Fisi’s lap as well. Who knows, if we had started further up the grid as we had hoped maybe points would have been in reach today. Nevertheless I am very happy both cars finished: reliability is good, we’re competitive and keeping pace with all the others and we beat some top teams as well. Obviously I am delighted that we are getting there, slowly but steadily. I’m very hopeful for the next few races.”

Giancarlo Fisichella: “A top 10 finish was our target this weekend. We thought it would be difficult but actually today was a very good race for me and we achieved the maximum we could do. It was a fun race. I had a good start and then on the first lap I overtook many drivers and even on the second lap I overtook Kubica and the two Renaults, so I was very focussed at the beginning. It was very important with my strategy to do this as we didn’t have such a great starting position because of the red flag yesterday in qualifying. Perhaps we could have scored points if we’d started higher as eighth was just in front of me and at the end I was quicker than Kimi (Raikkonen) and Timo (Glock). It’s a great step forward and I’m really looking forward to the next races now. The team did a fantastic job so we need to continue this.”

Adrian Sutil: “We rebuilt the spare car after the crash yesterday caused too much damage to my race car, but then we had a problem on the formation lap with the fuel pressure. We could fix it and at least start but it was really disappointing today. We missed a big opportunity to qualify well because of the crash and the race was not spectacular as a result. I was really just driving around without much chance of overtaking anyone so it was a little boring, but it’s another finish at least. Let’s move onto Germany where I hope I can really take advantage of the new parts we had this weekend.”

source: Force India

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