A pit-stop fumble cost Force India their second successive podium finish but Adrian Sutil took the chequered flag fourth to win five invaluable points from today's Italian Grand Prix in Monza on Sunday.
Starting second on the grid, Sutil could have done an encore of Force India's podium finish in Belgium but the German fumbled in his second pit stop, missing the mark and nearly knocking out two pit crew.
His teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi had a heartbreaking debut as the Italian rose to fourth only to retire after 23 laps with a gearbox gremlin.
It was a one-two for Brawn with Rubens Barrichello beating teammate Jenson Button by 2.8s.
Force India now have 13 points and the vastly improved outfit would now look forward to make the most of the remaining four races of the season.
Despite the pit-stop goof up, Sutil never gave up and was hot on the heels of Kimi Raikkonen's Kinetic Energy Recovery System-powered Ferrai car even though he could not overtake the Finn.