Force India driver stars in Spa
29 August 2009

Giancarlo Fisichella took an historic first pole position for Force India in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

The 36-year-old Italian veteran took his fourth career pole in an extraordinary session, though the car had looked quick through the weekend.

Fisichella - linked to replace Luca Badoer at Ferrari for Monza – a time of 1m46.308s that could not be matched by Jarno Trulli's (pictured) Toyota or Nick Heidfeld's third-placed BMW.

Barrichello was the top 'front-runner' in fourth position. The Brazilian is well-placed to make up ground on the championship leader and team-mate Jenson Button, who qualified 14th.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) also suffered, qualifying 12th.

Ferrari stand-in Luca Badoer crashed at Les Combes and will start last.

Qualifying1 Fisichella (Force India-Mercedes) 1:46.3082 Trulli (Toyota) 1:46.3953 Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) 1:46.5004 Barrichello (Brawn-Mercedes) 1:46.5135 Kubica (BMW-Sauber) 1:46.5866 Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:46.6337 Glock (Toyota) 1:46.6778 Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) 1:46.7619 Webber (Red Bull-Renault) 1:46.78810 Rosberg (Williams-Toyota) 1:47.36211 Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) 1:45.11912 Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:45.12213 Alonso (Renault) 1:45.13614 Button (Brawn-Mercedes) 1:45.25115 Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:45.76116 Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:45.70517 Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1:45.95118 Nakajima (Williams-Toyota) 1:46.03219 Grosjean (Renault) 1:46.30720 Badoer (Ferrari) 1:46.359

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