Fisichella finally gets his Brazilian rewards

It may have been 12 days late, but the Italian fans at Imola were delighted when Giancarlo Fisichella was belatedly awarded the trophy for winning the Brazilian GP on April 6

Fisichella finally gets his Brazilian rewards

This was the outcome of the FIA's decision at its Paris headquarters last Friday to reconsider evidence that the Jordan driver had started his 56th lap just before the race was stopped and thus, on countback, was the rightful winner rather than McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen.

As Fisichella had thus been deprived in Interlagos of the chance to stand on the top step of a Formula 1 podium for the first time, it was decided that there would be a special presentation ceremony on the grid at Imola between this morning's practice session and the first qualifying session.

"This has been fantastic for me, for the team, for everybody," Fisichella enthused. "I'm very pleased to have the chance to celebrate properly with the team, especially to do it here in Italy. It's been a litrtle strange, but a great experience."

Team owner Eddie Jordan was equally delighted, saying: "This was a very special moment for us. It's special for Fisi as it marks his first win, and it's special for the team as it marks our 200th grand prix and our fourth grand prix win. It was very sporting of Ron [Dennis] and Kimi to do the presentation, and I think that the entire result and the manner of everyone's behaviour has been good for Formula 1."

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