With it looking likely that Fernando Alonso will be heading back to Renault for 2008, Giancarlo Fisichella is on the look-out for a race seat in another team. Having tested for Force India yesterday in Jerez, Fisichella has said he is looking to keep his options open and would be interested in driving for Force India.
“My motivation is my love for this sport and the fact I feel I still have the right approach,” Fisi explained. “I believe I can still give a lot to whatever team I race with. “Talking about Force India, the project that was shown to me is a very interesting one; there will be a lot more money available compared to last year, so there are a number of things that make me believe that if I stay with Force India for 2008 I’ll be able to make the team grow up quite a lot.
“Of course we’re not dreaming of winning races or fighting with the big teams, but I believe we will be able to manage some interesting results when circumstances will be in our side.”
Fisichella isn t the only driver looking for a race-seat next season. In fact, Force India are testing out a number of drivers including Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Ralf Schumacher. Adrian Sutil has a contract with Force India for 2008 however there are rumours that he may well be sold to another team, leaving two race-seats at Force India up for grabs.
Fisichella still holds out some hope that he will be racing for Renault again next season. It appears that Alonso s decision on whether to take up Renault s offer or not depends on the outcome of the espionage charges currently being faced by the French manufacturer.
“Let’s say that it’s all open, because there’s no final decision on anything yet,â€ Fisichella continued. “I wanted to test with another team to have another road open for me, but it may still happen that Renault calls me back in a couple of days, as it can also happen that they tell me we’re finished. For the moment that’s not on my mind, as I’m focused on testing with Force India and in making the most out of these two days of running.”
“I think that with the new rules, without the electronic aids I’ll be able to make the difference,” he said. “Maybe someone has made a mistake, maybe some teams have other ideas and plans for other drivers, but I’m confident I can hold my own in Formula One.”