Giancarlo Fisichella Q&A: A positive first day at Ferrari 11 Sep 2009
The Italian drivers dream has finally come true for Giancarlo Fisichella and at Monza on Friday he was obviously enjoying every minute of it. His lap times may not have been amazing, but the Ferrari is a distinctly different car to his previous Force India and coming to terms with KERS is something that needs time. The overall feeling was that red suits him well
Q: Giancarlo, how was the first day with Ferrari?
Giancarlo Fisichella: This morning when I arrived at the track, especially going down to the garage and the car I was quite nervous, but very concentrated. And the feeling was great. In general I'm quite positive about the day, and I just need to improve at some points, but apart from that it has been a good day.
Q: How was the feeling going out in a Ferrari for the first time in front of the Italian crowd?
GF: Well, actually I was so concentrated when I was doing the first lap this morning that I was more concentrated on the car than realizing the people around the circuit. But for sure I felt them afterwards when I returned to the garage, and especially when I walked around. They are so friendly, which is very nice.
Q: Force India are obviously very quick here again - do you have concerns that your old team and car will end up in a better position than you are able to achieve now?
GF: The fact that they are very strong here as well is not surprising. Force India was very strong already for the last couple of races, where we have made several steps forward and of course my last race was just fantastic. I knew that they would be quick here, and I know that they are probably lighter than Ferrari today in terms of fuel load, but for sure they will be very competitive tomorrow.
Q: What was the main change in respect of the car?
GF: It's a different circuit so it is hard to say, as the level of downforce is much less here. It is a completely different car, which means that the reaction going into the corners is very much different. You have to work much more in the Ferrari with the steering wheel and the gear switches compared to the Force India. With the Force India car I was just concentrating on the driving, here I am quite busy. It's important to do another good amount of laps and improve a little bit more.
Q: It's your first time with KERS. How difficult is it to know when to have it charged and when to use it?
GF: During the whole session I've been in touch with my engineer, who's been very informative over the radio and I was following his instructions. It's not too difficult - you just have to be very concentrated on when to use it. In the afternoon I was mainly doing the job on my own without Rob Smedley instructing me on the radio, so I'm improving all the time and that's the right direction.
Q: How is it to back with Rob?
GF: It's great to work with him, because straightaway I've had a good feeling. He knows how I work, and I know how he works.