Schumacher Put In a Good Word for Fisichella Deal

Giancarlo Fisichella yesterday held his first real press conference since he was officially confirmed by Ferrari for the remainder of the 2009 season, at the Maranello headquarters in Italy. The 36-year old driver used it to thank Ferrari's CEO for the opportunity to finally race for the prancing horse in F1 and admitted he'll face some new challenges at Monza, later this week.

First of all, Fisichella is well aware of the fact that he needs to get his homework done regarding the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), a unit which he couldn't make use of during his Force India days. With the prospect of adding some extra 80 hp in straight line, things already sound better for the Italian weekend ahead. And secondly, there's the incredible atmosphere created by the tifosi next Sunday.

I’m starting from the beginning, with a new car, a new team and a new steering wheel. I found a very open atmosphere here at Maranello. I know that in Monza I can count on two forces I didn’t have before. The KERS, which means 70-80 bhp more, and we could see that this was what I was missing last Sunday at Spa, when I was behind Raikkonen, and the Ferrari fans’ enthusiasm,” said Fisico.

The Roman driver also revealed that he has a lot to thank Michael Schumacher for, as the German ace presumably influenced Ferrari's decision to appoint Fisichella as their new race driver. While flattered by Schu's reaction, the Italian admitted he can't wait to race alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Monza.

Kimi is a great guy, a real world champion. It will be great racing with him. I’ll meet Michael tomorrow at Vallelunga. I know that he gave a positive comment when my name was mentioned. That’s great,” added Fisichella.

He also talked about his feelings when hearing the news, especially as he had to wait for a whole day to finally enjoy it out in the open.

I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t sleep at night, but I didn’t speak about it with anyone. 24 hours later the announcement. It was done. The first person I spoke to was my father, my biggest fan, the one who said from time to time: ‘how come that Ferrari doesn’t call you?’” concluded the Roman driver.
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