Giancarlo Fisichella, Formula One’s second most experienced driver behind Rubens Barrichello, has apologised to his team for the error he made during his pitstop earlier today in the race. The incident happened on lap 20 as Fisichella entered the pitlane for his first stop. The Italian driver missed his garage and waiting mechanics and had to be manually pushed back in order for the Force India to get enough lock to turn into the box. Needless to say, Fisichella is suitably embarrassed.
I’m very disappointed with the mistake I made in the pitstop. I was just confused with last year as we were always in the last slot in the pitlane, so I just overshot and had to be pulled back into the pits.
I’m really sad about this as I think we could have got a good result. Giancarlo Fisichella.
It isn’t the first time that a driver has missed his garage, and Martin Brundled suggested in his commentary that this isn’t the first for Fisichella to do this either. The Force Indias looked quite racey today and undoubtedly the team may have been able to scrape a point, especially as Jarno Trulli was later given a time penalty for passing under the safety car.
Team mate Adrian Sutil also had a fairly competitive car and finished in tenth. Had the German pilot not got caught up in the first corner incident with Rubens Barrichello and Mark Webber, it is possible that Sutil could have gone on to score for the team. Unfortunately, Force India now look towards Malaysia and will be wanting to put this weekend behind them.