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GP Week : Issue 63
F1 ITALY >> GIANCARLO Fisichella has declared himself happy with his rst weekend as a Ferrari driver, after narrowly missing out on a points nish at his home Grand Prix in Monza. Fisichella had qualified 14th on Saturday after damaging his car in the third practice session, and believed that he could have recorded a better race result had his grid position been improved. He raced well, however, eventually missing out on the final point to Sebastian Vettel, who had almost run into the Italian in the opening laps on the run down to the Ascari complex. "I am happy with the way things went in my first race weekend with Ferrari," the Italian said after the race. "At the start, I managed to make up a few places, then I had a difficult moment with Vettel, who closed the door on me going into Ascari in a way that was, let's say, very decisive. In the first part of the race I felt comfortable on the softer tyre while I struggled a bit more on the harder one, especially after the pit stop. It's a shame I only just missed out on a points finish, but this afternoon I did the best I could. "I am upset that I went off the track in P3, which prevented me from being as well prepared as possible for qualifying: starting a bit further forward might have seen me finish in the top eight. Right from tomorrow morning, I will be concentrating totally on preparing for the race in Singapore, a track that I like a lot." Satisfying Ferrari debut for Fisi FORCE India continued its new- found form at the Italian Grand Prix, with Adrian Sutil recording a best ever weekend result of second on the grid and fourth in the race. The German might have been on the podium, too, but for a botched final pit-stop in which he tangled with his mechanics. But in spite of the missed potential, he was delighted with his weekend. "At the start we knew it would be really difficult to defend our position against Kimi [Raikkonen] and his KERS button, and then I was stuck behind him the whole race. I was really quick but I just couldn't find a way past him as the KERS had such a big effect on the circuit. "Going into my second stop we had a chance to overtake him in the pit lane and I was pushing really hard but I was a bit late on the brakes into the box. I think I have to say sorry to the mechanics for going a bit wide! But still they did a great job there." Team boss Vijay Mallya was equally as delighted, and made special mention of the team's new driver Tonio Liuzzi, who had stepped up from his test driver duties to make a return to F1 racing, being robbed of a certain points finish with a broken driveshaft. "It's been another great weekend for Force India. We thought the podium would be a dream here going into the weekend and at the end of the race we were less than half a second away. Adrian drove a fantastic race and richly deserved those points. Tonio too almost had a perfect start to his Force India race career, but unfortunately we couldn't give him the reliability he deserved." The Force is with them 27