Silverstone, England, Jul 5 (UNI) A spin in the last sector put paid to Force India Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella's chances of moving in to the top 15 on his very first lap in the qualifying round of this weekend's British Grand Prix here today.
The Italian will start in 20th position, with team-mate Adrian Sutil just ahead in 19th.
Demonstrating, however, the improvements resulting from the new aero and mechanical package the duo were just three tenths from making it to Q2 for the first time this season and less than half a second from the top 10.
With heavy rain predicted throughout race day tomorrow, the team will look to make up positions in what could be a thrilling British Grand Prix.
''Unfortunately I had a problem with the engine cover during the session and I lost some downforce as the right side of the car was in a bad position. That said, I was only three tenths away from Q2 so it's not too bad considering,'' Fisichella said.
Another Force India driver, Sutil said, ''It was quite a good qualifying for us as I think we could get nearly all the performance out of the car, although we had a little problem with graining on the front tyres that cost us a little bit of time. There is a better trend at the moment; we have a new update on the car, it works well and we are not too far away from the others - only about two tenths.'' UNI XC CS RAR GC2017