Fisi would have been a subserviant number two to Schumacher, with his speed becoming more and more evident throughout the season, culminating in a dream win at Monza.
The next season however expectations are high, and though Fisi manages to win three races, by mid season the pressure has become too much and he really begins to struggle. Ferrari wish to keep him on but, unable to cope with the expectations that come with being an Italian driver in a Ferrari, Fisi returns to Jordan.
Barrichello meanwhile takes over Fisi’s vacant Benetton seat and manages a brilliant first win at the 2000 Canadian GP. He struggles with the terrible B201 but shows enough promise for Ferrari to want to hire him to replace Fisi.
What if Alessandro Naninni’s career wasn’t cut so tragically short with that helicopter accident?