While I anxiously await Grace’s “Come to Fisi” moment, after which she will acknowledge that our favorite huge sunglasses-wearing Italian driver is the greatest thing this side of Ron Dennis, I will just have to placate myself with words from the man himself, Giancarlo Fisichella, on the eve of what most likely will be his last grand prix.
Oh, Fisi, we hardly knew you.
But he knows himself , and he knows he wouldn’t change his switch to the Ferrari team this season, despite his lackluster performance.
“I think for me, this opportunity to race for Ferrari was a dream I’d had since I was a child and in the end it came true when I had given up hope that it would ever happen. So you should never say never! I am very happy with what I have done and I would not turn back the clock, even if I have struggled in these last few races with Ferrari, for the obvious reason that is not easy to get into a car you don’t know, which was made even more complex because of the use of KERS and the fact it handled very differently under braking. Recently, I was able to match Kimi’s pace in the race, so this weekend, I hope to have a better qualifying which would be the first step to getting some points.”
Fisi does leave the door open, just a crack, for a return:
“I have a contract with Ferrari for next year, but if there was an offer from another team, I would along with Ferrari, evaluate whether or not it would be feasible to be the third driver and race for another team in F1,” he explained. “At the moment, there is no decision but to be the third driver for a top team like Ferrari is already something to be very proud of. The atmosphere is fantastic here and I really feel at home.”
I’m absolutely pulling for him to finally score some points for Ferrari. I rate his chances as pretty good—probably better than he’s had—for two reasons, both of which he alludes to in this statement: “I hope I am well prepared for the race, driving this track on the simulator, it went well and I hope I can get a good enough result to help Ferrari to get back to third place in the Constructors’ classification and I will give it my best shot.”
The first is that the track will be new to everyone, so it is a level playing field and one that, I think, should favor the experienced drivers who have more race craft and maybe a trick or two.
The second is that Ferrari will not be be lying back this weekend with third place in the constructors’ race in play. Both Fisi and Kimi Raikkonen should have the best cars possible.
It’s just up to him to drive it.