A points finish ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix would have felt like a win for the Force India team, but after qualifying on the pole position with Giancarlo Fisichella
and finishing second to only Kimi Raikkonen
, the result remains superb, but there will be a small level of disappointment
despite the breakout result.
Fisichellaís stunning drive to second place has earned the Silverstone-based team eight valuable points and vaults them ahead of the struggling Toro Rosso team in the constructorsí championship, something that may well be worth a great deal of money at the end of the season.
"It is great result for us," said the seemingly ever-green Fisichella. "The important target was to score even a point and to finish second with eight points is a great result. Itís a great day, but actually, you know, I was quicker than Kimi."
Fisichella remained less than a second behind Raikkonen for most of the race but with Raikkonen able to deploy KERS on the long run up to Les Combes, Fisichella was never in with a chance to try and draw alongside and make the pass.
"He could overtake just because of KERS at the beginning of the race, at the restart after the safety car, and I am a little bit sad for that because I was quicker than him. I was keeping his pace, even behind his car. We did exactly the same strategy race, so it is great because I finished second just one second from the leader which is a great result for us but actually we could have won the race.
"Before we came here if you asked all the team and myself to finish, eight would have been fantastic," he continued. "We are second. It is a great weekend for us. Pole position but considering our pace in the race, I was quicker than Kimi, it was possible to win the race. I have been unlucky with the safety car. It was about the same strategy and I could win the race easily as I was quicker than him. But anyway, second is fantastic. I am really happy for the team, for myself. The car was really good. I am really impressed with our pace and I hope to keep going like that."
Fisichella heads to the Italian Grand Prix next for his home race. The rumour mill had been in overdrive even before his superb result and now it is almost expected that he will team up with Raikkonen at Ferrari to replace the hapless Luca Badoer. The Italian veteran however remains unconvinced and is reiterating that he has had no contact with the famous Italian team.
"As I told you yesterday I was just concentrated on doing this race which has been a fantastic weekend for me and tomorrow I will start concentrating on Monza," he said. "Obviously, with the Force India overalls. Thatís all I can say."