Sutil to start 11th, Liuzzi 20th in Italian GP

Force India driver Adrian Sutil will start 11th, while his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi will be nine places behind him when Italian Grand Prix gets underway here on Sunday.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 21:32 PM IST

Monza (Italy): Force India driver Adrian
Sutil will start 11th, while his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi
will be nine places behind him when Italian Grand Prix gets
underway here on Sunday.

Sutil today completed 19 laps and clocked 1:23.199 in the
Q2 to secure 11th starting position, which was one of the
tightest qualifying sessions of the year.

Sutil had a timing of 1:23.303 in the qualifying stage.

Clocking 1:23.493 in Q1, he eased into the Q2 but just
missed out on a Q3 slot for the second consecutive race by
only a fraction of a second.

Sutil will now line up on the clean side of the grid
alongside Michael Schumacher.

Liuzzi timed 1:24.439, enduring a frustrating qualifying
and completed just three laps in Q1 when his VJM03 car lost
drive on his out lap.

Unfortunately the problem proved too difficult to rectify
within the qualifying session and Liuzzi was forced to end his
session early without setting a competitive lap time.

Force India Chairman and team principal Vijay Mallya was,
however, satisfied with the performance.

"It`s been such a close day of action today that I think
we can be pretty pleased to be P11 with Adrian, less than a
tenth of a second from Q3. From that position anything is
possible as we have seen so many times this season," Mallya
said.

"Tonio had a more difficult day with problems in FP3 and
then qualifying, which is obviously frustrating on his home
track. However, he is a fighter and more motivated than ever
to move up the field. Given the pace yesterday I think that is
very possible," he added.

Sutil also admitted he had to face some stiff challenge
during the practice session.

"The times have been so close today that we knew
qualifying would be tight as well. All the same we were very,
very near to getting into Q3 ? just a couple of hundredths of
a second ? so we can be happy with the performance," said
Sutil who drove the car number 14 today.

"Starting P11 means we will get to start on a new set of
tyres and clean side of the grid, which can be an advantage. I
think we`re still looking good for a points finish tomorrow,"
he added.

Meanwhile, Liuzzi said, "We had a problem in the morning
session where the car seemed to lose drive and did just a few
laps. We did some analysis between the sessions and tried to
solve the problem but then in qualifying a similar issue
occurred."

"On the first lap we lost power and then we had to stop
completely once I got it back to the garage so I couldn`t get
a real flying lap in. It`s a shame but tomorrow`s the most
important ? we`ve got a good car here and you never know what
can happen so we won`t give up until the end," Liuzzi added.

PTI