Force India continued their run of form in Monza with Adrian Sutil just missing out on Pole.
The young German, who had been fastest in two of the three practice session, made a mistake on his final qualifying run and compromised his lap.
F1 returnee, Tonio Liuzzi, was also delighted with seventh on the grid – a position which further underlined the Silverstone-based squad’s pace.
With this, both drivers expect to be very competitive in tomorrow’s race and aim for points finishes at worst.
Adrian Sutil – 2nd: After the results yesterday and this morning, we wanted to fight for the pole position. We knew the car was up to it and that’s what we showed in qualifying today. We have a great package, this circuit suits us very well as we have an incredible top speed and also a good downforce package so the efficiency of the car is really good. I’m starting on the front row with Lewis for the first time since F3 and I’m really happy he is next to me, he’s a good friend but we will fight hard for it. I have a lot of respect for him. It’s going to be very difficult start with the KERS cars around me but the race is long, I’ll do what I have to to defend my position and have a good strategy. If the race pace is OK we can gain positions and even if they get past me I have a good, fast car on the straights so it’s going to be tight.
Tonio Liuzzi – 7th: Two weeks ago I didn’t expect to be on the grid so this is a fantastic result – better than we expected. The team made a great effort and gave me a lot of support to reach this target. They never gave up and we had a great Friday and Saturday. The race will be difficult physically and mentally but I like the fight, the team are fighters and we will give the maximum in tomorrow’s race. I’m definitely looking forward to racing in front of my home crowd.
Dominic Harlow, chief race engineer: Today’s Qualifying session showed that Spa was not merely a one-off but that we are genuinely competitive. Both drivers and everyone in the team have done a really excellent job so far this weekend and have put us in a strong position for tomorrow’s race.
Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director: I’m absolutely delighted with this weekend’s performance so far. We’ve been very strong all weekend and both drivers have been outstanding. Adrian has really showed a great maturity to achieve his best-ever starting position, while Tonio has been a revelation on his debut. Although qualifying is just one part of the equation we are feeling quite upbeat about tomorrow’s race now.