Fisichella: My Problems Helped Alonso

Giancarlo Fisichella is confident the final part of the season will be more enjoyable after scoring a podium at the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday

Fisichella: My Problems Helped Alonso

The Renault driver, winner of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, has endured a miserable year, scoring only his second podium at Monza last weekend after being hit by all kinds of problems throughout the season.

Fisichella, however, believes his problems have helped teammate Fernando Alonso enjoying an almost trouble-free year.

"My 2005 season was useful for Renault: everything got broken, so the operations on my car allowed Fernando to get through the problems unharmed," Fisichella told Gazzetta dello Sport. "The result is Alonso leading the Championship, a bit thanks to me."

Fisichella has scored just 41 points to his teammate's 103, and while Alonso could clinch the title at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, the Italian driver is down in sixth place in the Championship.

But the Roman is convinced the podium at Monza will make the remaining part of the season more enjoyable.

"I brought some good points for the constructors'," he added. "And now, after this third place, I'm sure that the last four GPs, starting from Sunday, will be more enjoyable. I drive the almost-certain champion's car, so I don't see why I shouldn't always start races aiming for the podium.

"The constructors' title isn't decided yet and the team need my points. On top of that Renault have promised important engine and aerodynamics developments starting from the Brazilian GP. I'm confident, you'll see."

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