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    Default Giancarlo Fisichella Leaves Force India To Join Ferrari

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    Giancarlo Fisichella would race for Ferrari for the rest of the Formula One season, as Force India is willing to release its contracted driver.

    Ever since Fisichella had won pole position and finished second in the last Grand Prix in Belgium, rumours had started that Ferrari might be interested in him.

    Ferrari has shown interest in hiring Fisichella as the Italian carmaker’s Felipe Massa is out of action for the rest of the season after meeting an accident on the circuit. Since then, Ferrari’s long-time test driver Luca Badoer was representing Ferrari in the races. But Badoer had showcased a bad performance in the first two races for Ferrari.

    “We have chosen Fisichella because we can expect him to make a valuable contribution in this final part of the season,” Ferrari team director Stefano Domenicalli said. “Giancarlo has shown, throughout his long career that he is fast and competitive and we are therefore proud to be able to run an Italian driver in our home race.”

    Fisichella’s management team went to Force India Chairman Vijay Mallya with Ferrari’s proposal. Mallya said that this agreement would secure Fisichella’s long-term future with Ferrari, and “it would be incorrect to jeopardize this, particularly when Giancarlo has made such a vital contribution to Force India.”

    “For any Italian driver, a Ferrari race seat is a long-held dream and for Giancarlo it was no exception. No one should stand in the way of this,” he said.

    Fisichella expressed his gratitude to Mallya for giving him this opportunity. “It is true that it has always been ambition to do this, and for Vijay to have allowed it to become a reality is very generous,” he said.

    Fisichella, 36, started his Formula One career in 1996 with Minardi. He has driven Jordan, Benetton and Renault too. He has four pole positions and three wins to his credit.

    Force India said that it will announce Fisichella’s replacement in the next few days.



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