Ferrari’s zero-point haul at the Singapore Grand Prix has allowed McLaren to move to within just three points of third overall in the Constructors’ Championship. The race result was also again disappointing for Giancarlo Fisichella, who is yet to score for the Italian team.
A drive to an ironic 13th position placed Fisichella in an Italian sandwich between compatriots Jarno Trulli and Tonio Liuzzi although, having hoped for top eight results in his five races with the Scuderia, his two first Grands Prix have not born fruit.
"It was a very tough race, both physically and mentally," the Roman commented. "The pace was not up to Ferrari’s standard and we have to take that on-board. I was struggling to keep the car on track because of a lack of grip. At the end, on the softer tyre, the car’s handling improved and I managed to do some good lap times.
"We brought my first pit-stop forward to try and get me out of traffic, given that I was stuck behind Sutil, but then with the Safety Car the move didn’t give the result we’d hoped for."
Fisi can take some comfort from Force India’s equally poor showing this weekend.
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