How an F1 flop led to a Ferrari career

How an F1 flop led to a Ferrari career

'It's impossible to say no to Ferrari' - the allure of the Prancing Horse led to Giancarlo Fisichella ending his time in F1 in underwhelming fashion, but it also gave him a second career

When the call comes from Ferrari, it's difficult to say no. Especially if you are Italian. That's why Giancarlo Fisichella jumped ship from the Force India team with which he'd just claimed only the fourth pole of his Formula 1 career - and very nearly a fourth victory - to contest the final five races of the 2009 season with the Scuderia.

"It was impossible to say no to Ferrari," says Fisichella of the invitation to race for the team straight after he'd finished less than a second behind future team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. "Especially for me, because I was coming to the end of my career. It was going to be my only chance to drive for Ferrari in F1.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just