Giancarlo Fisichella insists that, while the 2008 Formula One season hasn't been filled with happy memories, he is
happy as part of the Force India team and remains confident that the team is moving in the right direction.
The former Renault racer has endured a difficult season to date with the Silverstone-based squad and has only managed to break into the top ten in one of the eleven races run to date. It means that he remains pointless so far in 2008, with fellow Force India racer Adrian Sutil being the only other driver – aside for Super Aguri pairing Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson – yet to trouble the scorers.
However, Fisichella admitted that he wasn't overly concerned by the lack of points and continued to believe in the team as he looks forward – with team owner Vijay Mallya having hinted that both of his drivers could remain for 2009.
"For the moment, there are not so many happy memories, apart from the fact that I am happy with the job I have done and happy with the team," he told the official F1 website. "I have given my best in all the races so far, but we need more performance out of the car to record greater memories.
"Adrian was close [to scoring] in Monaco and I held one point for a few laps in Spain, but apart from that there's been no real chances. That does not bother me though, because I believe in the programme.
"I am very happy with what Vijay said about his drivers. I think that Adrian and I show strength and great team spirit. As I said before, I am very happy with Force India, I have a contract for 2009 and never saw myself out of it."
The Force India squad will debut its new seamless-shift gearbox at Valencia next weekend, having run the car in testing and on Friday at the Hungaroring, and while Fisichella admitted it would be a step forward he was quick to point out that it won't necessarily lead to a quick upturn in results
"Two-tenths on a single lap and maybe three during the race," he said when asked what improvement the new 'box if likely to give. "But we need six- or seven-tenths to close the gap with the cars in front, so it is not going to be so easy.
"The reason [for losing ground on its rivals] is always the same. As the races go on everybody makes improvements and it is almost impossible to close the gap. The big teams make the biggest jumps and the small ones hang in there."