Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03): 9th Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/04): 10th 16 May 2010 - The Force India F1 Team has secured its first double points finish of the season in today's Monaco Grand Prix, with Adrian Sutil finishing the...
Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03): 9th
Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/04): 10th
16 May 2010 - The Force India F1 Team has secured its first double points finish of the season in today's Monaco Grand Prix, with Adrian Sutil finishing the incident-filled 78 lap race in ninth position and Tonio Liuzzi under a second behind in tenth.
The result represents the team's best overall result since its F1 debut in 2008 and brings the 2010 season total so far to 27 points.
Adrian Sutil (car 14)
It was a very good race for us here today. I was P12 on the grid but we had a really great start and I made up two positions on the first lap. We then had a good first stop where I gained a position to be P9 and then I could just do my own race. I had quite a lonely race with a big gap most of the time to the car in front and then the car behind so I was just pacing myself for a lot of the race. I had a very good balance at the end when the grip picked up so I am pretty happy with everything today: ninth position and a few points, we can be quite satisfied with this after the qualifying yesterday.
Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)
It was quite a difficult race with a lot of incidents and safety car periods to deal with, but I like these type of conditions. We were P9 after the start but I think we stopped a couple of laps too early for our tyre change, which just allowed Adrian to pass us when he came in. But as a team we can be very satisfied as we got both cars in the top ten and in the points, which is good for the overall morale of the team. We have really deserved this type of result but for various reasons this is the first time it's happened. It's really just the start - we have to try and carry this forward for the rest of the season. We are doing a good job back at the factory and from this point on the circuits should come towards us so we can be positive about the future.
Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
I am delighted with today's results. At the start of the season we said we wanted to be regular points' finishers and to date that's exactly what we have done, but to do so with two cars is a real step up. Adrian and Tonio drove brilliant races, keeping focussed despite the numerous safety car periods and yellow flags, and really deserved to get in the points. It's very pleasing to see us keeping pace yet again with the larger teams on merit and we can now take this result away with us, build on it and come back even stronger in Turkey.
In light of Schumacher's penalty the Force India drivers were moved ahead one position each. This report was sent out by the team before the FIA Steward's made their ruling.
-source: force india