Bahrain GP: Surprise of the Day as Sutil Finishes 7th for Force India

Yoosof FarahSenior Writer IIIApril 24, 2009

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 24:  Adrian Sutil of Germany and Force India drives during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 24, 2009 in Sakhir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In the second session of practice today, ahead of race day on Sunday in the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg came out on top for Williams.

It's news that's not all too surprising, unlike the fact that again both the Ferraris looked slow, with Felipe Massa finishing a mere 16th, while Kimi Raikkonen slugged it out all the way down in 18th.

They are usually positions we're accustomed to seeing Force India in, however today Adrian Sutil and his Force India team carried on the form from Shanghai and the Chinese Grand Prix.

After storming his way up into a very respectable sixth position at Shanghai, Sutil looked certain to finish ahead of the McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton to finally secure a points position.

However, the German aquaplaned off the track and hit the tyre wall just five laps from the end, and in an eerie resemblance to the Monaco GP last year once again ended all hopes of securing Force India's maiden points in Formula One.

But this time things could be different.

It was clear the car had definitely been improved, with new aerodynamic updates being introduced for Bahrain.

This could be seen in the positions after second practice today, with Adrian Sutil finishing ahead of the likes of Ferrari and McLaren, although then again that's not hard these days.

The German's teammate, veteran driver Giancarlo Fisichella, also benefited with the new parts from the team's factory in Silverstone, England. The Italian ended up in 12th.

The VJM02 is looking much better this season. It looks balanced and seems quite consistent, with the only problem being the downforce.

If Sutill can sustain such performances for qualifications and the race itself, could we see Force India secure their first ever Formula One points at the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix?

In any case, even if Sutil and Fisi start from the back of the grid again, you will certainly see a more competitive drive in Bahrain from Force India.