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GP Week : Issue 47
>>F1MONACO e Getting closer ... NINTH position, and just one position away from a famous first point, was the result for Force India. Giancarlo Fisichella finished the race less than two seconds behind Sebastien Bourdais’ Toro Rosso, in what was the closest the team has been to scoring genuine pace-related points in its short history. “Ninth position is a great result for the team,”he said after the race. “The pace was very good and consistent and I felt I was driving well, taking care of the tyres and putting in some fast laps at the same time. I just lost a position at the start and perhaps it was this that cost me the point in the end, but we have to be happy.” Fisichella also expressed his delight at the step forward the team has made over the last few races, which had resulted in both he and team- mate Adrian Sutil reaching the second qualifying session on Saturday. “It was a great step forward, to get two cars into Q2 and then to get within two seconds of a point. We need to keep pushing and be there all the time now.” Kovalainen disappoints again oints AFTER two consecutive years of victories in Monte Carlo, McLaren picked up no points in 2009, following a dire weekend for the team after showing so much promise early on. Lewis Hamilton’s race was compromised by a crash in qualifying, which ultimately saw him start from the back of the grid. With the Briton unlikely to score points it was therefore down to his team- mate Heikki Kovalainen to bring home a result, and after being handed the perfect opportunity to shine, he crashed out of the race after another all-too-familiar mistake. “A disappointing outcome to my weekend after some real promise,”Heikki said afterwards. “During my first stint, I had a little difficulty making my tyres work properly. Nevertheless, I was able to get past Sebastian Vettel. My second set was much better and I was just waiting for Nico [Rosberg]’s pit-stop to have a chance to pass him, unfortunately I didn’t get that far. I hit the kerb at the fast chicane and the car’s rear stepped out. I couldn’t catch it and hit the guardrails. It was my fault and I want to say sorry to my team who have worked so hard to provide me with a competitive car.” 29