BELGIAN GRAND PRIX pole winner Giancarlo Fisichella is poised to fulfil a lifelong dream and be awarded a drive with Ferrari for the remainder of the season.
Italian media agency RAI is reporting that Ferrari has approached Force India boss Vijay Mallya to negotiate a deal for Fisichella after compatriot Luca Baoder finished last again at Spa on the weekend.
Badoer has been incredibly slow since he was selected to replace Felipe Massa at the European Grand Prix, his lack of improvement a source of obvious frustration to the team.
With the Scuderia finally in possession of a quick package, Ferrari had hoped to capitalise and solidify its place in the constructor?s standings ahead of McLaren.
Although the team was willing to give Badoer a second chance at Spa, the Italian was unable to repay Ferrari for their previously unwavering faith. After crashing in qualifying, Badoer started last in Belgium, forcing team boss Stefano Domenicali to look elsewhere for options.
Youngsters Jules Bianchi and Mirko Bortolotti were initially mooted as potential Badoer replacements, but Ferrari was concerned the duo would be overawed by the challenge of racing in Scarlet overalls at Monza.
And with the team unwilling to be seen opting for 2009 discards Sebastien Bourdais and Nelson Piquet, Fisichella emerged as the likely candidate to fill Massa?s seat in front of ?i tifosi?.
But speaking after his stunning performance in Spa, Fisichella refused to be drawn into discussions surrounding his short term future.
?That?s just a rumour. As I (said Saturday) I was just concentrated on doing this race which has been a fantastic weekend for me and tomorrow I will start concentrating on Monza. Obviously, with the Force India overall. That?s all I can say,? he said.
Ferrari is expected to wait for the results of Felipe Massa's medical examination in Miami before announcing its plans for the Italian Grand Prix.