Bernie Ecclestone told to the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that Ralf Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella would better quit Formula One rather than to drive for Force India in 2008. Ecclestone “advice” comes after the Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya announced that at the Jerez test Schumacher, Fisichella, Christian Klien, Tonio Liuzzi, Franck Montagny, Roldan Rodriguez and Giedo van der Garde will try to obtain a driver’s seat at Force India.
Bernie said about Ralf’s and Fisichella’s decision to participate with Force India at the Jerez test: “Both were at decent teams for some time when they should have been doing better jobs. They should think about whether it is intelligent to change to small teams.” He also thinks that Schumacher and Fisichella are too old for Formula one and that now it the perfect time for them to leave F1 to make room for new and younger drivers.
Let me tell you something about those two “old” drivers that Bernie Ecclestone wants to leave Formula One. The thirty-four year-old Giancarlo Fisichella is one of the most experienced drivers on the F1 grid. He made his debut in 1996 with the Minardi team before moving to Force India’s predecessors Jordan in 1997. In his long career, which has also spanned stints at Benetton, Sauber and Renault, Giancarlo has scored three race victories. The other one, Ralf Schumacher, 32 years old, started his Formula 1 career back in 1997 with Jordan. He has since raced for Williams and most latterly Toyota. He has picked up a haul of 27 podiums and six victories.
Maybe they are old compare to Hamilton, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know how to drive. For example look at Michael Schumacher he’s 38 years old, so what, that doesn’t bother him. He obtained the best time in the two days he tested in Barcelona, he won a go-kart race last weekend, he will test again for Ferrari in Jerez, and all that after a year since he retired from Formula One.
Ralf and Fisichella could do a good job at the newest Formula One team Force India in 2008. The team is new, if you could say that, but most important the management is new, and a new team and management means new and higher objectives. Two experienced drivers could mean a lot for a new and ambitious team.