Giancarlo Fisichella and Vijay Maliya

Fisichella’s Dream Drive Finally Happens

by F1Fan on September 3, 2009

Well it seems that the rumors circulating around Spa during the Belgium Grand Prix, that Force India’s experienced formula one driver Giancarlo Fisichella would replace Luca Badoer, were spot on.

Over the years Fisichella had made no secret of the fact that his dream was to drive for Ferrari and that he would leave any team if he ever got the call, well that’s what just happened, Giancarlo got the call!

In a statement released to the press earlier today Ferrari announced that Fisichella will drive for Ferrari at Monza their home race and for the rest of the 2009 season.

Maranello, 3rd September 2009 – Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that it has appointed Giancarlo Fisichella to drive car number 3 from now to the end of the 2009 season.

“We have chosen Fisichella because we can expect him to make a valuable contribution in this final part of the season,” commented Stefano Domenicali. “Giancarlo has shown, throughout his long career, that he is fast and competitive and we are therefore proud to be able to run an Italian driver in our home race. We wish to thank Luca Badoer for the team spirit he demonstrated in these circumstances: it is a shame he was unable to show his true worth in these last two races, tackled under conditions which anyone would have found difficult.”

Force India also confirmed Fisichella’s move. In what must have been a bitter sweet moment with Fisi just scoring the first points ever for Force India with his sensational second place finish at Spa, Dr Vijay Mailiya, Chairman and team principal commented:

Giancarlo and his management team approached me yesterday with the proposal from Ferrari. For any Italian driver, a Ferrari race seat is a long-held dream and for Giancarlo it was no exception. No one should stand in the way of this. Furthermore the agreement will secure Giancarlo’s long-term future with Ferrari and it would be incorrect to jeopardise this, particularly when Giancarlo has made such a vital contribution to Force India.

We would like to stress that we have not agreed any financial settlement with Ferrari. This agreement has been made in good faith and for the good of Giancarlo and the sport in general. A competitive Italian driver in a Ferrari for Monza is a positive story for Formula One, which can only help raise the sport’s profile in these difficult times.

We would like to thank Giancarlo for all his help over the past one and a half seasons and for delivering us our first World Championship points last weekend. He has been an integral part of the team and we owe him a great deal for his input behind the scenes and performance out on track. We wish him all the best for the future.

Fisichella is lucky to have had such a magnanimous boss as Vijay Maliya, in the competitive world of Formula One not many team owners would have been so understanding, especially with the car finally becoming competitive, a point that Fisichella seems fully aware:

I am very grateful to Vijay Mallya for allowing me this opportunity to drive for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team. It is true that it has always been an ambition to do this, and for Vijay to have allowed it to become a reality is very generous. I hope in my turn I have helped Force India grow up and be on the right path to achieve their own ambitions. They are now a very competitive team and I wish them all the very best.

This move should certainly bring out the Italian Fans at Monza, and can’t harm Force India’s reputation in the paddock, one wonders who will be replacing Fisichella. I guess we will find out in the next few days.

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{ 2 comments }

Andrew Buzis June 12, 2010 at 1:32 am

I think Michael Schumacher was the best driver Ferrari ever had…so many wins…so many records

Donita Maille February 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Do you think this is really going to have a big impact on the industry?

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