Giancarlo Fisichella

Biography

After years of dominating various Karting series, Giancarlo Fisichella made his Italian Formula Three debut in 1992. Finishing 2nd in just his second season, Giancarlo went on take the Championship a year later.

1995 saw the beginning of a two year assault on the International Touring Car Championship with the Alfa Romeo Junior Team. However, in 1996 Giancarlo was asked by the Minardi Formula One team to be their reserve driver, allowing him to race in eight races in the early part of the season. Giancarlo also test drove for Ferrari.

By 1997, Giancarlo had become a full time fixture in the Formula One paddock, driving for Jordan. After an impressive first full season in Formula One, taking a second place in the Belgian Grand Prix and even leading the German Grand Prix before retiring with mechanical problems, Giancarlo moved to Benetton for the next four years. Here he achieved his first pole position of his career, as well as several podium places.

In 2002, Giancarlo returned to Jordan where he struggled with an uncompetitive car but won his first Grand Prix at Interlagos in 2003 after the Italian had been one of the few to prevail in adverse weather conditions.

For 2004, Giancarlo moved to the Sauber Petronas team where he competed in his 9th season of Formula One. Giancarlo also moved from Monte Carlo back to his native city of Rome. “For me, Rome is the most beautiful city in the world and, what’s more, I’ll be able to watch more matches of my favourite football club, AC Roma, again,” said the Italian.

It was in the second half of the 2004 season that Giancarlo started to get to grips with the Sauber. Strong performances in Canada, Britain and Belgium saw the Italian amass 22 points and end the year 11th in the Championship.

In 2005, Giancarlo returned to Renault, where he had a dream start to the season with pole and victory in Melbourne. Unfortunately he was then dogged by poor luck throughout the season, however he did score five further podiums and finished the season fifth in the standings, which proved vital to Renault’s Constructors’ Championship. He continued with Renault in 2006 and was key in Renault’s successful title defence, scoring one race win and accumulating points to finish up the season fourth in the Drivers’ Championship. Giancarlo remained with Renault for a third year in 2007 and scored 21 points, finishing 8th in the Championship. For 2008, Giancarlo moved to Force India where he had a challenging year, finishing 19th in the Championship.

In 2008, Giancarlo moved to Force India where he had a challenging year helping the new car to develop. In 2009 he achieved for the Indian Team its first ever pole position and podium with a fantastic second place in Spa. He was then called by Ferrari for the last 5 races of the season where he currently keep racing as third driver.

In 2010, Giancarlo has kept 3rd driver of the Scuderai Ferrari Team and raced for AFCorse in the Les Mans Series with a Ferrari F430 GT2. In 2011, still the 3rd driver of Scuderia Ferrari and came LMS Champion GTE Pro together with Gianmaria Bruni, Team AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.

Statistics

F1 debut: 1996 Australian Grand Prix (Minardi)
Grand Prix starts: 231
Pole Positions: 4 (Austria ’98, Austria ’05, Malaysia ’06, Spa ’09)
Victories: 3 (Brazil ’03, Austria ’05, Malaysia ’06)
Senconds: 7 (Spa ’97, Monaco ’98, Canada ’98,
Canada ’99, Brazil ’00, Japan ’05, Spa ’09)
Thirds: 9 (Canada ’97, Monaco ’00, Spa ’01,
Monza ’05, Spain ’06, Usa ’06, Shanghai ’06,
Suzuka ’06)
Podium finishes: 19
Grand Prix Points: 275
Fastest Laps: 2