Force India and Giancarlo Fisichella
put in a stunning performance in Belgium and while the Italian veteran has left to the team to join Ferrari, team principal Vijay Mallya remains upbeat about his team’s prospects this weekend at Monza.
“We went to Spa with a continuation
of our Valencia upgrade, which we knew would give a big step up,” Mallya said. “We genuinely believed we would get two cars into Q2 and be at the top of this session, but pole was beyond even our hopes. But after that we set the bar very high and the podium was just a dream. I think we will be hard pushed to repeat this in Monza but we certainly will go there confident we can surprise a few people. I don't think anyone would count us out now.”
Mallya expects a tougher challenge at Monza this Sunday, pointing out that Ferrari, McLaren and Renault will enjoy a significant KERS advantage at this particular circuit, but still expects Adrian Sutil and new recruit Tonio Liuzzi to show well.
"If you are quick in Spa generally you will go well in Monza so I would hope we would be again top of Q2 and in the hunt for points," he said. "I do think KERS will play a big part this time - that's not to say we won't give it a good shot though. I expect Tonio will take some time to get up to speed on Friday but I think he will be on it pretty much by qualifying. I am sure that's his goal as well."
Fisichella’s second place at Spa Francorchamps has moved the Silverstone-based team ahead of Toro Rosso in the championship.