Monza, Italy, Sep 12 (UNI) Following their much improved performance in the Belgian Grand Prix, the Force India Formula One team drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella recorded the first and third fastest times in the opening practice session and the 9th and 13th in the second of the Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
A heavy shower before the start of the morning practice dampened the track, however, Sutil and Fisichella took to the circuit immediately on the green light and were able to record their fastest times before a deluge fell and the session was red flagged 10 minutes before its scheduled finish.
The circuit dried for the second session, allowing the team to evaluate its dry set-up and dry tyre options. Sutil's strong lap saw him classified ninth quickest, eight tenths from the fastest time of the day, with Fisichella just four tenths behind in 13th.
Sutil admitted that it was difficult in the first session, even in the better conditions in the first 30 minutes.
''There were some dry and some wet patches and it was very difficult to see where you could go. Even in the second practice there were still some damp parts and it wasn't until the last minute that you could push hard.
''I am quite happy with the car and didn't really change anything from the set up we developed at the test. We also concentrated on getting the tyres to work. We had a good day and I feel quite confident, so let's see if we can have a good day tomorrow,'' he added.
Fisichella seemed reasonably satisfied with the day's performance and hoped that the two drivers will do a better job tomorrow.
''It was a fairly good day, but I think there is still more to come tomorrow. Unfortunately I was just behind Adrian, who was on his out lap, when I was on my fastest lap so I couldn't do the optimum time.
''I am not 100 per cent happy with the balance as I had a lot of graining on the medium tyres but it wasn't too bad with the hard tyres. We still have to find a compromise with the downforce, but I think we could improve again tomorrow,'' Fisichella said.
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