Fisichella claims Pole for Belgium Grand Prix

Belgium Grand Prix Grid Position Surprise

by F1Fan on August 29, 2009

F1 Qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix at the famous Spa- Francorchamp circuit yielded a surprising grid line up.

Giancarlo Fisichella claimed Pole position for Force India, only the fourth Pole of his Formula one career and his first in three years. What is even more surprising is that Fisichellas prior highest qualifying position for the Force India team this season had been no higher than 13th on the grid.

Belgium Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Fisichella/Force India2Trulli/Toyota
3Heidfeld/BMW4Barricello/Brawn GP
5Kubica/BMW6Raikkonen/Ferrari
7Glock/Toyota8Vettel/Red Bull Racing
9Webber/Red Bull Racing10Rosberg/Williams
11Sutil/Force India12Hamilton/McLaren
13Alonso/Renault14Button/Brawn GP
15Kovalainen/McLaren16Buemi/Toro Rosso
17Alguersuari/Toro Rosso18Nakajima/Williams
19Grosjean/Renault20Badoer/Ferrari
Aug 29th, 2009

Fisichella was fast through all qualifying sessions being fastest in Q1 and fourth fastest in Q2. In Q3 he managed to set fastest lap of the session with one lap to go and was the last car on track. While his final lap was slightly slower his prior lap was quick enough to claim pole position.

Toyota and BMW Sauber also showed great pace, with Jarno Trulli’s Toyota narrowly missing pole position claiming second position and his teammate Glock claiming 7th. BMW’s Heidfeld claimed 3rd with Kubica just one row back in 5th.

Rubens Barricello in the Brawn GP managed a respectable 4th position unlike his team mate and Championship leader Jenson Button who failed to make it out of Q2.

McLArens Team principal Martin Whitmarsh was not expecting great performance from the MP4-24 at Spa due to the circuits high speed nature, but even he must have been surprised by the complete lack of pace, with both McLarens being eliminated in Q2. Even with carrying a much larger rear wing than most of the competitors McLaren lost large amounts of time in the middle sector of the track, which is the part of the track with a lot of high speed corners requiring a lot of downforce something obviously the MP4-24 chassis does not have.

With Fisichella on Pole Force India must be hoping to finally point some points on the board, perhaps this weekend will end their drought, although anything can happen at Spa and weather could still play a large part in the race.

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