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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
F1 NEWS >> GIANCARLO Fisichella is set to be announced as Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari team-mate for the remainder of the Formula 1 season this week, should medical checks being carried out on the recovering Felipe Massa rule him out of a 2009 return. Fisichella, who was the star of the Belgian Grand Prix taking pole position and fighting Raikkonen for the race win, told journalists in Belgium of his "dream" of driving for Ferrari at the next Grand Prix in Monza, and of representing Ferrari for the rest of the season. Speculation mounted over the course of the weekend that Ferrari had run out of patience with their Massa stand-in, Luca Badoer. The Belgian Grand Prix was a race in which Ferrari's number two driver once again failed to shine, as on a weekend in which Ferrari returned to winning ways, Badoer qualified last and finished last. "[Driving for Ferrari is] a dream for all the drivers," Fisichella said. "Especially for me, as an Italian driver, let's say at the end of my career, so it's a very good opportunity. It would be nice." Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali told the media after the race that Fisichella had impressed him in the Grand Prix, and refused to rule out the possibility of the Italian joining Ferrari in Monza. "I think that Giancarlo did really a great race today. He was driving fantastically, he was pushing Kimi from the back very strongly and for sure he's a driver that seems to be very fast. I cannot say following the speculation if it's true or not, but for sure today he did a great race. "With regard to what we are going to do for the next races we will tell you in the next three days. We will do all our considerations, first of all depending on how it goes the checks that Felipe will do tomorrow, and then we will put on the table all the different things that we think is correct to consider and then we make the decision." With Badoer picking up the nickname "Look-How-Bad- You-Are" in the F1 paddock, Domenicalli admitted that the decision of which driver represented Ferrari would be made for the benefit of the team and the impact that its on-track performance had on its global brand. "I think that on that side, for us, the most important thing is to consider what is the best on our side. Ferrari doesn't want to be last in the race, that's for sure, that's normal. But for sure we want to be strong as a team, as a driver, and as a brand." Domenicali firmly ruled out a switch for Fernando Alonso to Ferrari for Monza, which had been rumoured in the Italian press on Sunday morning. Fisichella's move to Ferrari would see him link up with his former Race Engineer Rob Smedley, with whom the Italian competed at Renault in 2003. Fisichella's five race deal would also see him taken on by the Scuderia as their test driver and long term replacement for Luca Badoer in 2010 and beyond. ou want to drive for Ferrari ... Race and future test role in the offing after superb podium -- as Badoer fails again 5