Adrian Sutil described fighting for pole position for the Italian Grand Prix as a totally different experience to the rest of his Formula 1 career.
Force India maintained the amazing form it had shown at Spa with Sutil only narrowly missing out on Monza pole to world champion Lewis Hamilton's McLaren, while his new team-mate Tonio Liuzzi took an impressive seventh.
"It is a great moment, a great deal," said Sutil. "The whole weekend was a big success already. We did good work, and the car is amazing, really quick. It's unbelievable, it is so good for the team especially after the Spa success.
"We continued it here and just being competitive, it is such a different feeling in the car right now. You know you have a chance. It's a good feeling like the racing driver is back in me. I enjoyed every single moment."
While Force India continued to shine, its former driver Giancarlo Fisichella had a low-key start to life at Ferrari and only managed 14th on the grid.
But Sutil reckoned his former stablemate had expected a tough time at Monza.
"He was saying already that maybe he would not have that strong a car compared to us," said Sutil, "because he knew he could have won the last race, it was a very strong race from him.
"But we have to understand that for an Italian driver his dream is to drive a Ferrari in F1 so everyone would have done this move.
"He recovered a little bit, he had a difficult weekend so far but 14th is not so bad, and we replaced the seat quite well with Tonio, he also did a really good qualifying."