The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy has been conducting a survey into how the Italian Ferrari fans, known as the ‘tifosi’, feel new boy Giancarlo Fisichella will get on at Monza this weekend.
The results show a lot of faith in the choice of Fisichella to replace Luca Badoer and get a decent result.
49% believe he will score points at Monza.
23% believe he will score a podium
11 % believe that he could win the Italian Grand Prix.
Sceptics are thin on the ground: only 8% think he will fail to score a point.
A Ferrari has been on the podium in the last four races, with a famous win for Kimi Raikkonen at the last race, ahead of Fisichella’s Force India car.
Fisichella has been at Maranello in recent days, working on the Ferrari simulator to get the feel of the car and learn how to deploy KERS, which will be very important at Monza. Drivers will deploy it twice on the pits straight; once coming out of the Parabolica, then when it resets itself at the start line, he will push it again. It could give a significant speed advantage on such a long straight.
What do you think of Fisichella’s chances? Please send in your estimates of how far off his qualifying lap time will be (in fractions of a second) relative to Raikkonen. The nearest one will win a signed copy of my biography of Michael Schumacher, The Edge of Greatness.