Let me just start by saying this will not be my 'usual' sort of article. No wit, no crude humour, no sarcasm. I've been watching Formula One for the past 13 seasons and when I got in to F1 Fisi was just starting out, he looked cool, he was Italian and I made a conscious decision to support him from the age of 13 onwards. I love him, even though I've never been anything but dissapointed by him!
I honestly believe he could be, in the right environment, a world champion - even now.
I never got the opportunity to celebrate his win in Brazil with Jordon because of the way the race ended. At Renault, his win in Australia in his first season was the only race in my 13 seasons of watching that I missed because I was in Spain having my head pecked by a girl.....the compromise was to miss the race.......I dumped her shortly after.
Malaysia was a classic Fisi weekend the year after however, as 'appy as I was, it was a short lived celebration as the team were never fully behind him (apart from maybe Pat Symonds....I think secretly he wished Fisi was the main man and not Alonso) and so I was kind of resigned to the fact that Alonso would resume winning shortly after. Which he did.
For Fisico to then join Force India, well, it frankly destroyed me. He would never win a world title. My favourite driver would never be able to live up to his potential. The potential he showed particulaly at Sauber. That was a dog of a car (although possibly the best looking F1 car of all time!) and yet he consistently got decent results from it (the highlights if I remember rightly being Silverstone and Spa) and against an upcoming star in the form of a certain Felipe Massa lest we forget.
Well let me just very humbly take my hat off to Force India and the whole team there. Yes he won't winning a world title, but to give him the goods to have him anywhere near the front of the grid, with their miniscule budget was nothing short of remarkable!
I apoligise completely for the crassness of this article, I'm just so excited from the 2nd place I've just witnessed that I can't quite put in to words what I feel.....I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of him!
I thought this season would be his last in F1 but I just wonder now. Fisico for Ferrari until Massa's return!?!??! You better believe it! And who knows where from there. Maybe retirement still beckons. Do you know what though, if Fisi wins, in a Ferrari, at Abu Dhabi......I'll let him off for not winning a title for me. That'll be enough. And I'll still rate him as my favourite of all time for the few (and far too far between) good times we shared.
Christ I'll even buy his fragrance.....