Hockenheim, Germany, Jul 20 (UNI) The Force India Formula One Team put in a lacklustre performance at the German Grand Prix here today with Giancarlo Fisichella crossing the line in 14th position and Adrian Sutil in 16th.
The 67 lap race was marked by a heavy crash from Toyota's Timo Glock, which led to the deployment of the safety car on lap 36 and dictated strategy from that point on.
Sutil and Fisichella had been running strongly until the safety car period, racing with eventual podium finisher Piquet, Nakajima and Barrichello.
After the first round of stops Sutil was 17th and Fisichella 19th, within striking distance of the group in front, but the safety car period turned the order on its head.
''In the first part of the race I was not comfortable with the car as I was struggling with the grip and it was understeering and oversteering with some wheelspin, but then at the end of the run it was getting better,'' Fisichella said. ''The team made a good move for me with the strategy under the safety car and I could make up some places after I pitted and the others went in.'' ''I could have finished perhaps one place higher up, but unfortunately I locked up through turn eight and lost a position, but all the same it's nice to get a finish and to be racing again,'' he added.
Force India will now head to Jerez for a a three-day test from July 23-25 where it will test its new quick shift gearbox.
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