I was struggling with the grip to start with: Fisichella

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New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) Force India Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella has finished 17th position in the Chinese Grand Prix today.

The Italian gained three places from his starting position with a consistent and measured drive from start to finish.

Team-mate Adrian Sutil was unfortunate not to take the chequered flag when he was hit by a gearbox problem on lap 14 of the 56 lap Grand Prix. The German had graduated to 17th position and looked set to move further up the field when he was forced to pull of the track before one third distance.

The team will now return to its UK base to evaluate the data from this weekend before launching its final hunt for points in the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

Fisichella, the driver of car 21, said, ''We knew our pace was not really good enough today so we just tried to find a different solution to gain places. We went for a one stop strategy but I was really struggling with the grip to start with. In the last 10 laps before the end of the race I was able to do reasonable lap times, but it was a fairly lonely race for me at that point.

''Anyway, we now go onto Brazil and the last race,'' he added.

Another Force India F1 driver Sutil said, ''Very early on in the race my car developed a problem. I couldn't select gears anymore and had to pull off just before the main straight and park the car.

Until that point I was quite happy in the car, even though the traction and grip was very low so it's disappointing not to finish yet again. I really hope for more in Brazil now.'' UNI CS PY AS1714

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