Abu Dhabi GP: Giancarlo Fisichella preview

Abu Dhabi GP - Fisichella: "I would not turn back the clock" Yas Marina, 29 October -- The first official work day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a day for everyone to discover this amazing new facility and its intriguing circuit and the...

Abu Dhabi GP - Fisichella: "I would not turn back the clock"

Yas Marina, 29 October -- The first official work day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a day for everyone to discover this amazing new facility and its intriguing circuit and the unusual pit lane exit that crosses the track through a tunnel was the first thing Giancarlo Fisichella was asked about when he had his usual Thursday media session at Ferrari's hospitality. "I did a lap of the track on foot this morning with my engineers and from what I've seen on the simulator, the pit lane exit should be very interesting," said the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver. "Actually, you pass the point where the pit lane speed limiter comes off before you tackle the tunnel, so we will have to wait and see tomorrow if it is tricky or not."

At the last race, Giancarlo admitted he was disappointed to have failed to score any points so far in his brief time in the cockpit of the F60, so his aim for this weekend is obvious. "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." Indeed, this is the Roman's last race for the team, as next year's driver line up has already been fixed as Massa-Alonoso. "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."

While it is his last race, Fisichella will still work for the Scuderia next year, but there is also a chance he might race in Grands Prix as well. "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."

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella
Teams Ferrari