Montezemolo: Fisichella Deserves Ferrari Drive

Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo said he decided to name Giancarlo Fisichella as the team's official driver for the remainder of the 2009 season because there was no one else on the Formula One grid to deserve it more. Talking about Ferrari's unexpected decision yesterday, the Italian boss insisted Fisico deserves a Ferrari drive after his fulfilling career in the sport.

Furthermore, Di Montezemolo argued that it was not only a decision from the heart, but also a logical one, as he announced Fisichella as Ferrari's 3rd driver from 2010 onwards.

I chose Fisichella for several reasons, starting with the fact he deserves it, that he’s on great form and that he is an expert driver. On top of that, we all wanted to have an Italian driver in our car for Monza and lastly, because it takes the long term view, as he will be our third driver. Therefore, I look forward to Monza with confidence and especially with great pleasure at having Fisichella in the team,” said Di Montezemolo on Thursday.

Fisichella will come to Ferrari after one of his best racing weekends in years, as he started the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position last week and managed to cross the finish line in 2nd place. It was his first podium finish in almost 3 years, which boosted his confidence for the remaining rounds of the year. Now that he will will tackle those races at the helm of a Ferrari F60, he's even more confident he'll do well in front of his home crowd two weekends from now, at Monza.

The Ferrari CEO also thanked Luca Badoer for his contribution – we're still wondering what that was, actually – to the team in the last couple of rounds, while expressing hope that Massa will join the Scuderia soon after the season finale at Abu Dhabi.

I wish to thank Luca Badoer who, once again has been so amenable towards Ferrari. We also have the good and important news that Felipe Massa is recovering well and will be more than ready for the first race of next season,” added the Italian.
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