Force India create history at Belgian GP

30fisichellaIts a dream come  true for Vijay Mallya ,the King of Good times and his Force India team. Finally they achieved it..After 29 false starts, Force India picked up their first  points when Giancarlo Fisichella finished 2nd just 0.9 second behind Kimi of Ferrari. It was truly a fairy tale weekend for the Force India team.It was astonishing result in the qualifying to see Fisichella  grab the pole position,only 4th of his career and now this podium finish in the race.

Fisico Aka Fisi sets the Belgian GP on fire

It is not often that you see Kimi put under pressure for almost the entire duration of a race. Kimi might have won the first race for Ferrari this season but it was not before being dogged all the way to the flag by a gallant Fisichella in the Force India, who kept him honest throughout on the first medium downforce circuit of the season. When you start from pole you have that tremendous pressure of not letting go your place come what may. Fisi might have felt that pressure and couldn’t hold on to that 1st position for long. Kimi lost no time using his KERS to slingshot by the Italian  in the 5th lap.From that time on Fisi had only one option to get past the Ferrari and that was to hope that Ferrari mess it up for Kimi in their 2nd pit stop which was not to be but nevertheless it was a wonderful race that Fisi will remember for a long time. For a car without KERS boost , Fisi displayed amazing racecraft in a race marked and marred by opening lap pile-up, safety car and pit stop fumbles.

Earlier Fisichella secured a spectacular first pole for the Force India Formula One Team, marking the first time that an Indian team has been on the front row of the starting grid for a Grand Prix. It was an unbelievable qualifying session and a result that Force India too wouldn’t have expected.Its been a long time since Fisichella had been on the podium , 3 years to be precise. He had finished 3rd in the Japanese GP.

Delivered our Promise : Mallya

As Giancarlo Fisichella crossed the chequered flag in his VJM-02 car Vijay Mallya couldn’t control his joy.Its been a long wait to get the first points but the wait has been well worth it.”If you remember, we had promised to be among points in 2009 and be on the podium in 2010. So we have actually delivered on our podium promise in advance,” Mallya said after the race.

After Fisichella grabbed the pole position on Saturday, Mallya had called it the most memorable day of his Formula One career.He went on to add “To get the pole position was a huge achievement in itself, which will go down in the history (of Indian motorsports). Similarly, today’s second place finish is also a momentous occasion which will go down in history.”

Looking ahead to the five remaining races, the liquor baron said Force India would do everything to prove that today’s result was no flash in the pan.
“When you do well, you raise the expectation and the bar gets raised. But this is what sports is all about. If you cannot raise the bar, you have no business being here,” he said.

Future of Force India

Mallya took the occasion to scotch rumours about the team’s financial health and said Force India was not short on resource. “Our performance today proved that money alone cannot buy you success. We had a rather small budget but with the right kind of effort and direction, we have become a competitive side,” Mallya said

“We are not short on resource but we spend our money wisely and intelligently,” Mallya added. Looking ahead to the five remaining races, the liquor baron said Force India would do everything to prove that today’s result was no flash in the pan.

“When you do well, you raise the expectation and the bar gets raised. But this is what sports is all about. If you cannot raise the bar, you have no business being here,” he said.

There have been lot of speculations doing the rounds of Fisi getting into Ferrari’s shoes but after this win maybe he will have second thoughts over that or maybe not..Time will tell but for now its celebration time for Fisi and Vijay Mallya. After this win and also taking into consideration that India will be hosting its first GP race in 2011, the Government of India will have to definitely give F1 the status that it deserves..

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