Giancarlo Fischella spoke to the Italian media the other day ahead of his Ferrari debut at Monza this weekend.
He said that of the current drivers only fellow veteran Rubens Barrichello rang him when the drive was announced, saying “Us old guys will be around forever!”
He also revealed that he had called Felipe Massa from Stefano Domenicali’s office. Massa wished him well and Fisi told him, “The car is yours and you can take it back whenever you want.”
He added, “Any result I get I will dedicate to him.”
On being released from his Force India contract by Vijay Mallya he said, “To start with it was tough because we were coming off the back of a fantastic race, then he understood that I had the chance to realise my life’s dream.”
Asked whether he would be emotional at Monza, he said, “Yes, but it will disappear as soon as I select first gear. There will be pressure but I will turn it into a positive force. I won’t just have the extra power of KERS but also of the tifosi.
“Monza is the perfect track to debut in a car you don’t know because the long straights give you plenty of time to think about what to do at the next corner.
” Getting back together with Rob Smedley, my engineer at Jordan, gives me security.”
Meanwhile Domenicali confirmed yesterday that Fisichella would be allowed to race for another team next year while performing a role as third driver for Ferrari, should the need arise.