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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 February, 2003, 06:38 GMT
Giancarlo Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella is one of Formula One's unsung heroes and one of the sport's biggest talents but his ability has been wasted at Jordan.

Just one good thing has come out of Fisichella driving for Jordan these last two years - and that was his well-judged, if somewhat fortunate, victory in Brazil this season.

All his ability was on show that day - he has always been superb in the wet, a legacy of a delicacy of touch and smoothness of style that is rare even at the highest level.

Born: 14/1/73
Nationality: Italian
First GP: Australia 1996
Wins: 1
2003 position: 12th
Previous teams: Minardi, Jordan, Benetton

But it is somewhat ironic that the victory came early in a year that is perhaps the worst in Jordan's history.

Last season, Fisichella was able to put in the odd very good performance - particularly his drive into fifth place in Canada - but for the most part it was a struggle.

To Fisichella's credit, he did not let this get him down - which would have been easy to do.

But this year things have changed. Jordan did so badly that, Brazil excepted, Fisichella has been unable to transcend the car - and he is clearly letting it get to him.

He desperately needed to get out of Jordan and into a decent team in 2004.

Sauber are not exactly that - but if a year in Switzerland leads to a seat at Ferrari in 2005, as Fisichella hopes, then the move will have been worth it.

F1 2003

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