Speaking in front of the microphones of “La Domenica Sportiva,” a program aired on the Italian TV channel Rai Due, former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella analyzed the main events of the 2023 F1 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, focusing particularly on Scuderia Ferrari. Here are some of his most important comments:
Giancarlo Fisichella praises Ferrari: “Excellent work in Austria”
“This is a Formula 1 competition in which you have to wait four hours after the end of the race to see the result change, due to millimeter off-track moments… well, I don’t quite agree. It could have been avoided,” Giancarlo Fisichella begins, called upon to comment on the upheaval of the finishing order as a result of the penalties imposed by the stewards after the Grand Prix.
Turning his attention to Ferrari’s weekend, the Italian praises the performance of the Prancing Horse’s drivers:
“They did an excellent job. At the beginning, Carlos was even faster than Leclerc. The team chose to maintain positions, so he sacrificed himself a bit. In the end, he had a great race, maintaining a strong pace and trying to slow down Sergio Perez coming from behind. It’s a very positive result for Ferrari. Charles Leclerc secured an excellent second place.” The Italian also emphasizes the progress made by the team after a very complicated start to the season: “I would say that at least this weekend, Ferrari became the second force in the championship, unlike the first part of the season when it was behind Aston Martin and Mercedes.”
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During the broadcast, taking inspiration from Carlos Sainz’s post-race outburst, the former Renault driver was asked about his thoughts on the frequent complaints from Ferrari’s drivers: “You know, it’s obvious that you can’t always be happy. There are moments when you have to make sacrifices; it’s part of our job, we are professionals. I, too, have always respected team orders, helping the team and my teammate.” – he pointed out.
Looking to the near future Giancarlo, Fisichella anticipates challenging months ahead for Ferrari, but also acknowledges that they have taken the right path: “The response from this weekend is that you can continue working in this direction. It will be a difficult season because Red Bull has another level, especially with Verstappen, who is dominating the championship. However, it’s important to understand the car’s issues and work hard, as is being done now, to confirm their position as the second force in the championship.” – the former Ferrari man concluded.