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Force India's Fisichella takes pole position in Belgian GP

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella handed his Force India Formula One team an astonishing first pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix. The 36-year-old took his first pole since Malaysia 2006 to put a team that has yet to score a point in 29 races at the front of the starting grid.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2009 01:23 IST

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella handed his Force India Formula One team an astonishing first pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Provisional starting grid for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps

1. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India - Mercedes
2. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota
3. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber
4. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Brawn - Mercedes
5. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
7. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault
9. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault
10. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Toyota
11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes
12. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren - Mercedes
13. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault
14. Jenson Button (Britain) Brawn - Mercedes
15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren - Mercedes
16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
18. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams - Toyota
19. Romain Grosjean (France) Renault
20. Luca Badoer (Italy) Ferrari

The 36-year-old took his first pole since Malaysia 2006, when he was at then-frontrunners Renault, to put a team that has yet to score a point in 29 races at the front of the starting grid.

It was only the fourth pole of his career.

Toyota's Jarno Trulli made it an all-Italian front row, for the first time since Australia 2005, with Germany's Nick Heidfeld third for BMW-Sauber.

Championship leader Jenson Button failed to make it into the top 10 for the first time this season and will start in 14th place with a fight on his hands to come away with any points on Sunday.

Brawn GP teammate and closest title rival Rubens Barrichello, who is 18 points adrift with six races remaining, qualified fourth.