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Michael Taylor 29th Aug 2009 - 14:12

Fisichella Forces his way on to pole

If you thought this season's Formula 1 Championship couldn't get any more unpredictable then Giancarlo Fisichella proved you wrong, grabbing the first pole position in Force India's history.

Fisichella, at one point rumoured to be on Ferrari's radar after Massa's injury, stole the show as he beat Jarno Trulli's Toyota and Nick Heidfeld's BMW into top spot in an enthralling qualifying session in Belgium.

Force India, yet to win a point since joining Formula 1 two years ago, turned the classifications on their head after a bizarre Q2 session that saw Drivers' Championship leader Jenson Button and former champs Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso all eliminated.

Button was left particularly bewildered as his team-mate and European GP winner Barrichello was able to find an extra half second out of his BrawnGP.

The difference between the young hopeful and the experienced Brazilian could not have been any bigger and is reflected in the outright grand prix prices - Button, 33/1, Barrichello 7/2 favourite.

And if Button wasn't feeling the pressure before, he certainly will be now, as Barrichello, Vettel and Webber all smell blood in the title hunt.

As for Fisichella punters, you may have missed the boat given his 100/1 fastest qualifier time.

The Italian is now a modest looking 10/1 to win the race so, given his team's inability to even claim a point in the past, I think I'd rather keep my money in my pocket for now.

Another one to avoid, especially at 5/1 is Jarno Trulli, despite an inspired qualifying that saw him on to the front row of the grid alongside Fisichella.

Trulli's reputation as one of the best single lap drivers in the world has been firmly enhanced in Spa but, throughout his grand prix career, he's rarely been able to show the pace and concentration that would make him a multiple race winner.

In fact, third row sitter Kimi Raikonnen, the 4/1 second fav, could be the man to throw down the challenge to Barrichello - if he gets off well from the grid.

The Finnish former world champ has single-handedly been charged with carrying the Ferrari brand in Felipe Massa's absence and he's made a decent fist of it so far.

A second place in Hungary followed up by a third in Valencia last week gives plenty of encouragement to his backers as doubts over his commitment seem to have been extinguished for the meantime.

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