Fisichella says he only considered F1

Giancarlo Fisichella says he didn't consider any options outside of Formula One before securing a deal with the Force India team

The Roman driver, turning 35 on Monday, was one of several candidates to land the second racing seat at the Silverstone-based squad alongside German Adrian Sutil.

Fisichella, left without a drive following his exit from Renault, said Formula One was the only option he considered.

"It's not the money. Here I get less money than at Renault, but I still want to be an F1 driver, so I didn't even consider the possibility of switching series or retire," the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Fisichella, who left Renault after three years, admitted he was disappointed with the French squad.

"Yes, very much, especially because of the many years together. The winning car they promised never came," added Fisichella, who said his deal with Force India is for two years.

"At the test in Barcelona and Jerez we were six or seven candidates for a drive. I went quick and they chose me. I've signed for two years."

The veteran driver also said he expects to have number one status at his new team.

"I'm the reference point, the number one driver, thanks to my experience. Sutil comes after that."

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