Friday, January 11, 2008


Giancarlo Fisichella has joined the Force India team which was formed by Kingfisher baron Vijay Mallya.Giancarlo Fisichella will partner Adrian Sutil when Force India make their Formula One debut this season.

The team are in its fourth incarnation having previously started life as Jordan, before becoming Midland, followed by Spyker.

But at the end of last season, Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, in partnership with Dutch entrepreneur Michiel Mol, completed a successful buy-out of Spyker.

After running the rule over a number of drivers in test sessions at Barcelona and Jerez towards the end of last year, Mallya has opted for Fisichella and Sutil, with Tonio Liuzzi as reserve.

For Fisichella, who was released by Renault after a disappointing 2007 in which he finished eighth in the drivers' championship, it will be his 13th season in Formula One.

"At the test in Jerez I was very impressed with the team's professionalism and commitment to move forward and I hope that my experience will help them achieve these goals," said Fisichella, who celebrates his 35th birthday on Monday.

"Contrary to what people think, this was not my only opportunity but it was the best one.

"With new owners and a competitive budget, I really think we can shake things up next year.

"I feel motivated and ready to help Force India get points on a regular basis."

Mallya, who is chairman and managing director of the team, insists Force India will not be in Formula One next season just to make up the numbers.

"The Force India Formula One team is a serious project and we wanted to make a statement to this effect with our driver line-up," said Mallya.

"Money is not the issue now: we need drivers who will push the team and give us direction.

"The race line-up of Giancarlo and Adrian is a very good one, balancing both speed and experience, and Tonio will provide the team with solid support in his testing programme."

1 comment:

tanya said...

I would like to share that Force India F1 has an official fan club. It can be accessed on Club Force
you will find a lot of similar discussions. Do visit it. May the force be with you :)