Giancarlo Fisichella: "Thanks, Eddie"

Giancarlo Fisichella reckons McLaren have made a mistake overlooking more experienced F1 stars in favour of Kimi Raikkonen. Fisichella has been quicker than ever this season, despite being lumbered with an uncompetitive Benetton. He heads to...

Giancarlo Fisichella reckons McLaren have made a mistake overlooking more experienced F1 stars in favour of Kimi Raikkonen. Fisichella has been quicker than ever this season, despite being lumbered with an uncompetitive Benetton. He heads to Jordan next season but many believe he deserves better, including Eddie Irvine who said McLaren should have opted for the little Italian instead of Raikkonen.

The Jaguar driver spoke in the British Press recently, stating that the Mercedes powered McLaren outfit had made a mistake in hiring Sauber protégé Kimi Raikkonen to take over from double world champion, Mika Hakkinen in the 2002 championship season. The elder Finn stepped down from his role at the Woking outfit to take a year's break from Formula one and was happy at the thought that Kimi would step up to the plate in his place. Irvine is far from agreeing with the general consensus regarding the young Finn's ability to succeed at the team and stated that in his opinion, Benetton driver Giancarlo Fisichella would have been the better choice.

In a recent interview, the Fisico said: "I'd like to say thank you to Eddie. But unfortunately he doesn't own the McLaren team so it's not up to him!" Pressed on McLaren's decision to opt for Raikkonen, the Roman added: "I don't understand why McLaren made that choice. They spent so much money to have this guy. He's doing well, but."

Although Fisichella has signed a three-year contract with Jordan, he says he can leave if a big team comes knocking. He explained: "I've got a few options, if we are not competitive, to move. But I want to win with Jordan. "I think the car, mechanically and aerodynamically is good. The engine this year wasn't very reliable, but next year there's a new engine and for sure it will be stronger and more reliable."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Giancarlo Fisichella , Mika Hakkinen , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Benetton , Jordan