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Lauda Urges Ferrari to sign Fisichella

Could you imagine Ferrari having an experienced Italian driver behind the wheel for the Italian Grand Prix?!?

Niki Lauda has urged Ferrari to dump Luca Badoer and replace him for the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix with Giancarlo Fisichella.

"Ferrari must absolutely get Fisichella into the cockpit at Monza," the triple world champion told Switzerland's Sonntagsblick. "They can't afford to muck about with Badoer any longer.

Germany's Sport Bild claims a move for Fisichella is a distinct possibility, after talks with Ferrari kicked off as long ago as Wednesday something denied by Fisichella himself.

"If Force India have financial concerns, then surely the transfer sum paid by Ferrari would help," Lauda said.
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Niki may have some insights, but I'd rather see Valentino Rossi

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Niki may have some insights, but I'd rather see Valentino Rossi
Now wouldn't that be interesting!! If only he had this year's Moto GP championship wrapped up, he could have done half an F1 season for Ferrari. Probably the only person on the planet who could have caused a greater media frenzy than Schumi coming out of retirement!
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Now wouldn't that be interesting!! If only he had this year's Moto GP championship wrapped up, he could have done half an F1 season for Ferrari. Probably the only person on the planet who could have caused a greater media frenzy than Schumi coming out of retirement!

got that right: he was about just tenths IIRC off MS' best time.

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got that right: he was about just tenths IIRC off MS' best time.
Yeah I think you're right. And IIRC his motor sport career started with karts and went on to 2 wheels because it was cheaper than 4. Would be amazing if it ever happened, but I can't see it happening...
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They should just sign David Coulthard for the rest of the season. He should still be reasonably fit, he might not win, but he would have a good chance of getting a few points.

Or bring Il lioni (spelling?) Nigel Mansell out of retirement

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Or bring Il lioni (spelling?) Nigel Mansell out of retirement
Next thing you'll be putting Stirling Moss into the car Archie...
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Next thing you'll be putting Stirling Moss into the car Archie...
There's a thought He never got a proper chance to race a F1 car for Ferrari as he had a career ending injury in another car just after he had signed for Ferrari.

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There's a thought He never got a proper chance to race a F1 car for Ferrari as he had a career ending injury in another car just after he had signed for Ferrari.
Well now's his chance!! The Coultard idea has merit though. Would be nice to see that happening...
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Well now's his chance!! The Coultard idea has merit though. Would be nice to see that happening...
Not sure that Coulthard would be able to as he's tied in with Red Bull, and didn't Ferrari and Red Bull have a fall out a few weeks ago when RB objected to letting MS test the F60?

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Not sure that Coulthard would be able to as he's tied in with Red Bull, and didn't Ferrari and Red Bull have a fall out a few weeks ago when RB objected to letting MS test the F60?
That's true, but don't Ferrari supply engines to Torro Rosso which are essentially Red Bull team 2, so they must have some working relationship. I'd miss him on the Beeb's coverage but would be nice to see him in a (competative??) car again...
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I'm sure I heard that Torro Rosso or Red Bull were switching to MB next year

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I'm sure I heard that Torro Rosso or Red Bull were switching to MB next year

Really? Both...dang...leave force india I guess.

Sir SMoss, if he hadn't stayed British cars all the way, he might have made it.

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Really? Both...dang...leave force india I guess.

Sir SMoss, if he hadn't stayed British cars all the way, he might have made it.
Back in the 50's and 60's drivers and teams were patriotic, hence Moss driving for the likes of Van Wall, BRM and Lotus. However, he did drive for Mercedes in the Mille Miglia and broke the course record in a SLR300 in 56 or 57.

He would have probably been Drivers champion if it weren't for a career ending accident in a Lotus or BRM.

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