Giancarlo Fisichella admits that he is upset with the way in which his move to Ferrari
has panned out after once again failing to score in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Italian secured his dream move to the Scuderia
on the back of his stunning performance for Force India
at Spa, with Ferrari
finally losing patience with test driver Luca Badoer
following two lacklustre performances behind the wheel of the F60.
Fisichella however has struggled to aclimitise to his new surroundings and endured another trying weekend in Brazil, which started in practice when he was forced to abandon his car at the end of the pitlane after stalling while attempting a practice start.
A spin in qualifying then left the Italian at the back of the field and being forced off the road to avoid a spinning Heikki Kovalainen
at the start of the race also hit his chances of breaking into the points for the first time.
Although the pace was encouraging at times, a lack of grip on the softer tyres at the end meant Fisichella could only finish in tenth and he admitted that he was praying for a trouble-free weekend in Abu Dhabi to try and help Ferrari
reclaim third in the championship standings.
“Obviously, starting from the back row, my race was already compromised,” he said. “Then there was also the incident with Kovalainen, who spun in front of me, forcing me onto the grass, which prevented me from trying to make up a few places in the fight on the opening lap.
“We had opted for a one-stop strategy and it was a good one, but in the final part of the race, the soft tyres began to develop a bit of graining and I was not able to match the pace of those ahead of me and I even lost a place. On top of that, the KERS worked in fits and starts.
“Looking at my experience with Ferrari
so far, I don't want to hide that I feel a bit upset, as there has not been a single weekend in which everything went to plan. Now we go to Abu Dhabi which will be a new venue for everyone: I will do my very best to help the team retake this third place which slipped away from us today.”