Giancarlo Fisichella Takes Pole Position For Belgian Grand Prix
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella (see photo) was in top form during Saturday's qualifying for the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Fisichella was the fastest around the 7.004 km lap distance of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, and took pole position for today's Belgian Grand Prix. He was also extremely happy to have achieved the Force India team's first ever pole position. It was an unusual day yesterday in Formula 1 as it wasn't the usual front-runners who were the fastest. Toyota F1 team's Jarno Trulli was second fastest driver during yesterday's qualifying session and third fastest was BMW's Nick Heidfeld.
Last year's Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was 12th fastest yesterday in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car. Hamilton said he was flat-out around the circuit, but that the team knew that the Spa-Francorchamps circuit's high average speeds would pose a problem for the MP4-24 car's current design. Hamilton said that during qualifying his race engineers lowered the downforce on his car to give it more top-end speed, but that this showed the weaknesses in the car's high speed aerodynamics capability as the car was a bit unstable for him.
Sunday's 2009 Belgian Grand Prix will be an interesting one with Fisichella, Trulli and Heidfeld starting at the front of the grid. There will be a total of 44 laps from start to finish, and the total race distance will be 308.052 kms.