A day after getting their first points in Formula One, Force India fans and team management were taken aback by news emanating from various sections of the media that Giancarlo Fisichella could switch to Ferrari for the season's last five races as a replacement for the struggling Luca Badoer.
The Guardian carried a report credited to UK Press Association saying that Ferrari are most likely to turn to the Italian who got a podium finish on Sunday. Force India, however, have denied it while Ferrari have kept mum.
In a statement to the press, the Vijay Mallya-owned team rebutted the news, saying, "Fisichella has himself clarified (via a press conference through telephone) that he has 'not received any invitation from Ferrari' and went on to add that 'he was looking forward to driving the Force India car at the Monza GP'."
What is adding fuel to the story of Fisichella's transfer is that Badoer has disappointed in the two races he competed in as a replacement for the injured Felipe Massa. In fact, he has earned a nickname that has been punned on his name - 'Look How Bad You Are'.
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali refused to react to the news saying, "With regard to what we are going to do for the next races, we will tell you in the next three days."
It is likely that Ferrari are waiting for the medical results of Massa from Miami, which should be in by the time you read this newspaper. Depending on his fitness they might plan their strategy.
The next Grand Prix scheduled to be held at Monza which is home to Ferrari and assumes great significance as they'd like to win in front of their home crowd in a season that hasn't gone well for them.
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