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Fisichella: Front few rows possible

Giancarlo Fisichella has said that he feels 'satisfied' following practice today for the Italian Grand Prix, his first outing with Ferrari.

Fisichella began the day with the eighth best time in the first session, and impressively he was just ahead of his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen. Although the second session did not go as well and the Italian was slowest, he still ended proceedings just outside the top ten, eleventh on the combined leaderboard.

Indeed he was happy with his start and reckons that potentially he should be able to put his Ferrari F60 near the front in qualifying.

"I feel satisfied with this first day, which was particularly tough from a driving point of view. The major difficulties are in adapting to the different positions of the buttons and gaining confidence with the KERS," Fisichella explained.

"This morning, braking heavily at Ascari, I flat-spotted the left front tyre and that meant I had to fit the softer tyres earlier than planned: I felt more confident with those and I managed to drive at a strong pace.

"In both sessions, we didn't go looking for performance and I had a lot of fuel on board. The potential is there to get onto the front few rows, but I need a bit more time to improve, especially in terms of braking and cutting the kerbs."

Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali meanwhile was happy with the day overall: "First of all, I want to welcome Giancarlo, who today was finally able to drive the F60, after eight days of theoretical work with the engineers," he added.

"Obviously, the team adopted a different approach to its work on the two cars: Kimi concentrated on race preparation, while Giancarlo worked on getting confident in the car.

"We completed a lot of kilometres which means we have plenty of data to analyse over the rest of the day."

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Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India VJM02, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 21st-24th, May 2009

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