Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): After 29 false starts, the Vijay Mallya-owned Force India finally scored its maiden Formula One (F1) points with Giancarlo Fisichella finishing second in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Breaking the jinx: Force India Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella (foreground) celebrates his second place in the Belgian Grand Prix. Francois Lenoir / Reuters
The 36-year-old Italian driver, rumoured to have one foot in Ferrari, shunned extravagance to run a flawless race and trailed Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari all the way for a podium finish and earned 8 valuable points. The Italian finished less than a second behind Raikkonen.
Fisichella’s Force India teammate Adrian Sutil had a rather roller-coaster outing with the German eventually finishing 11th.
It was Raikkonen’s fourth triumph at the high-speed track in the past five years.
The 2007 world champion, who started sixth, overtook Fisichella immediately after the safety car came in following accidents on the opening lap—including one involving overall F1 leader Jenson Button—and held for a 0.9-second victory. Championship contender Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished third to gain on Button.
AP contributed to this story.