Ex-Renault driver Ginacarlo Fisichella has been named as the second driver for the Force India F1 Team for the 2008 Season.
Italian Giancarlo Fisichella was confirmed as Force India Formula One team’s second driver for the 2008 season on Thursday.Fisichella, who drove for Renault last season, will team up with German driver Adrian Sutil, who was a rookie last year with the Spyker team that Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya bought into and renamed.
The team also named Fisichella’s compatriot Vitantonio Liuzzi as the test and reserve driver [Reuters]
Personally, I think it is a bad choice as Fisichella has had a sordid reputation as not being aggressive enough and has been generally looked down upon as “easy meat” by fellow-drivers. Remembre Kimi’s storming overtaking maneuver over him at Suzuka? And also his allowing Michael Schumacher to pass-by when Alonso was chasing him in third place? Force India could do with a real aggressive driver during their rookie season in F1. Agreed, the other choice – Ralf Schumacher – also is considered to be a spent force in F1. Given that, it might be the best they can manage. Of course, Fisichella’s got the experience under his belt and maybe that’s what Mallya wanted – an all-out fast and young driver in Adrian Sutil and an experienced campaigner in Fisichella!
All the best to the Force India Formula One team!!!