Not since last year’s Italian Grand Prix have both Force India cars made it into the final round of qualifying, and the Malaysian Grand Prix has, so far, proven to be an excellent event for the Vijay Mallya-owned enterprise.

Adrian Sutil, a great wet-weather driver, used his excellent feel to line his VJM03 up in fourth position on the grid. Vitantonio Liuzzi will start from 10th.

Qualifying - Adrian Sutil

"It was a great qualifying again for us," Sutil remarked afterwards. "As I expected it rained at 4pm, I said that yesterday I think! It was challenging and the conditions changed a lot over the sessions. Sometimes it was a lot of rain, sometimes half wet, half dry so it was very important to choose the right tyres.

"I think we did a great job in those conditions and every session we did the optimum. I am so happy to be in this position now. It’s a great achievement and my team really deserved it.,” he concluded.

Liuzzi added: "We can be happy about getting through to Q3 as this was our target for this weekend," he said. "It was a good qualifying, Q3 started very wet, very similar to Brazil last year, and then it dried up very quickly at the end.

"I had a problem on the last lap with a locking front brake and lost the last run but that’s how it is in these conditions: you have to get the right spot at the right time.

"Tomorrow will be a tough race from where we are. We have a lot of quick cars around us but as we’ve seen today we are strong in all conditions. I’m looking forward to it."

And so are we? Could we see a Force India on the podium again?

[Original image via GP Update]

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