Fisico still hankers after Ferrari chance 04 Mar 2003
Former Renault racer Giancarlo Fisichella, who was reunited with Eddie Jordan's team in 2002 and continues to lead it this season, admits that he still secretly harbours dreams of driving for Ferrari.
"It is every driver's dream, of course," he admits, "but it is even more special when you are Italian. As a child I always supported Ferrari, of course, and I would be sad to think that my career in Formula One might be over before I have had the chance to race for the Prancing Horse."
Many observers believe that the smooth and unobtrusive Fisichella is one of the most underrated racers in the paddock. He has always shown strongly against highly rated team-mates, including Ralf Schumacher, Alexander Wurz, Jenson Button and Takuma Sato, and his performance at Benetton in 2001 suggests that he has thrown off the petulance that occasionally marred his driving earlier in his F1 career.
Unfortunately, it looks as if his debut drive with Minardi in 1996 will remain the closest he will get to driving for an Italian team. He left to join Jordan in 1997 before going to Benetton (later Renault) until 2001, when he rejoined Jordan for the 2002 season.