Giancarlo Fisichella Q&A

Giancarlo Fisichella had a frustrating 2002 season on his return to the Jordan camp, but with a new Ford Cosworth package on the way he could be due some better luck in '03 - given the financial constraints the Silverstone-based team obviously faces. Last season wasn't all bad, for Fisichella again showed his ability to bring home points when given half a chance, taking a string of three fifth places, and in addition three times he qualified in the top six. It's hard to believe that Giancarlo is now one of the more experienced drivers in the entry list, for he turns 30 on January 14 and Adam Cooper spoke to the Italian

Giancarlo Fisichella Q&A



"Only in case the engine was not a good engine, but I think the Ford engine is good, very strong and light. I'm quite pleased that about the deal."



"I'm much more confident. I think the new car will be good. Gary Anderson and Henri Durand are designing it, and especially with the new engine, I'm very confident."



"Yes. I really like Gary Anderson. I worked with him in 1997, and he's the man for Jordan. Henri is a good guy. I haven't talked a lot with him, because he's usually at the factory, but he looks very concentrated, he looks a very nice guy, and he has good experience."



"I hope so! We are working for that."



"Disappointing, yes! Unfortunately for the first part of the season the package was not good enough. Engine and reliability wasn't good, and even the car grip wasn't fantastic. Then we did quite a good jump with the engine and the car, and we had a few very good races like Monte Carlo and Austria and Canada. But it was still difficult, because compared with Williams, McLaren and Ferrari, there was nothing we could do. But I am much more confident for next year."



"It was quite a difficult race, because of Takuma's accident, so mentally it wasn't good. But I heard on the radio that he was okay, so that was good. I did a very good race, especially making the pit stop at the right moment, and I was keeping David Coulthard behind me in the McLaren, and that wasn't easy. But I did my best and fifth was a fantastic result. At Monaco I was very quick, especially at the end of the race. Unfortunately when I was behind Jarno Trulli there was no space at all to overtake him. Canada was another good race."



"Especially the new front wing, and even the engine. We had a very good step compared with the normal one, and we made a good jump."



"Yes, especially in the first half of the season. I thought we'd have a better engine, more reliability, but honestly they did very well in the second part of the season. Obviously the weight of the engine was no good, it was too heavy, and even the fuel consumption was too high."



"No, it wasn't a disaster, especially at Hockenheim I was very happy because one week before I had a very bad accident in France, and when we got sixth on the grid, it was impressive for me. The car was good and I did a very good lap."



"Yes. I missed one race, but it wasn't my fault. I felt okay and I was quite confident that I could race in Hockenheim, and I was very happy after the first few laps there. I was a bit gentle at first, but after 10 minutes it was okay. The good answer was the qualifying!"



"Yes, I was very worried, especially when 69 people were going. But I understood the problems with money, that it was very difficult for the future development of the car, so I was a little bit sad for that. But honestly we went in the right direction, and we did quite well, even if the results were not so good."



"You never know. I think Takuma is a nice guy, very quick, and he did well, especially in the second part of the season. But unfortunately he had a few accidents, and because of that it was quite difficult for the development. I don't know if with another team-mate it would be better or not, but I had a good friendship with him."



"Not prefer, but you never know, maybe with a more experienced driver, it would have been better."



"I don't know. In my first year in F1 I did my best season, so maybe I'm getting old! But I've got much more experience now."



"Maybe in 2004, yes. It depends on some other drivers. But I think the two Ferrari drivers and two Williams drivers are there until the end of 2004. So the only place could be McLaren, because Coulthard's got one more year, and then I don't know."



"I have to win! I have to be strong, to be quick and competitive everywhere. If the car is good and the package is good, I will do it. I feel strong mentally and physically. I just need a good package to show my talent."

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