To the memory best friend Tonino Visciani :"I just want to dedicate this podium to him and to say 'ciao'"
Giancarlo Fisichella dedicated his third place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix to his best friend Tonino Visciani, 33, who died on Thursday following an unexpected heart attack.
Fisichella, who said he found the demands of the entire weekend very mentally and psychologically difficult to handle, was in tears as he stood on the podium after the race.
"This was a great result for me, for Fernando and for the whole team," he said later. "But psychologically this has been such a hard weekend for me. My best friend, ever, Tonino, died last Thursday and it hasn't been easy for me. "
"I just want to dedicate this podium to him and to say 'ciao'. I am really sad because the race was important," said Fisichella. "But not like life. I want to dedicate the race to him."