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Fisichella 'in seventh heaven' after Ferrari move 03 Sep 2009

(L to R): Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari celebrates with second placed Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 30 August 2009 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 23 July 2009 (L to R): Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director with Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009

Giancarlo Fisichella has described his switch to Ferrari as ‘a dream come true’ after Force India agreed to release him from his contract with immediate effect. Fisichella will replace Luca Badoer as Felipe Massa’s stand-in at the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix and for the rest of the season, before becoming the team’s 2010 reserve driver.

"I’m in seventh heaven," Fisichella told Ferrari’s official website. "I still can’t believe it that the dream of my life comes true and I want to thank Ferrari and Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. Over the last week some really incredible things happened to me: the pole position and then second place at Spa and now I’m called by Ferrari to race the last five races of the season for them.”

Fisichella arrived at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters on Thursday afternoon to meet team principal Stefano Domenicali and to begin preparing for his Monza debut. The first step was to set up the F60’s cockpit for the Roman, who then met the technicians he will work with during the race weekend.

“I’ll give my best to recompense the Scuderia for this great opportunity they gave me: I know that it won’t be easy, but I’ll give it everything to gain the best possible results,” continued Fisichella. “I want to say that I’m very sorry for Luca: I know how much he cared to race in Monza behind the wheel of a Ferrari, because this is the best thing that can happen to an Italian driver, to drive a red car in front of our fans."

Domenicali expressed his gratitude to Force India for allowing the move, just days after Fisichella scored their first-ever points with second place at Spa, and said he was looking forward to Ferrari putting on the best show possible in front of the adoring - but demanding - Tifosi.

"I want to thank Vijay Mallya and Force India F1 for giving Giancarlo the possibility to cancel his contract in such a happy moment for the team, allowing him to crown his dream as a driver,” said Domenicali. “Now we have to concentrate on Monza, an event we really care for in a very special way: we know that it will be difficult to keep the performance level we had over the last Grands Prix, but we’ll give our best to entertain our fans and I hope there will be lots of them at the track to support us.”

One curious fact is that Monza won’t actually be Fisichella’s first time behind the wheel of a Formula One Ferrari - he was one of four Italian drivers, together with Gianni Morbidelli, Luca Badoer and Pierluigi Martini, who tested for the team at Fiorano back in September 1995.