February 1, 2010
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It has been announced that Giancarlo Fisichella will race in the Le Mans Series this year, effectively ending his F1 career.
After spending last year with Force India, Fisi got the team its first ever podium. He moved to Ferrari to replace Luca Badoer for the last few races, but failed to score a point. Ferrari announced that Giancarlo was to be their reserve driver for 2010, but Fisichella did not want this, so he has moved on.
It is unknown what category he will be racing in. However, Maserati, Ferrari’s sister team, races in GT2 and GT1 respectively.
I’ll be honest, I’m really sad to see him go. His reputation was damaged after 2 poor years with Renault in 2005 and 2006, but I’ll always remember him as the hero who drove the terrible Jordan EJ13 to victory, in horrible weather, in Brazil 2003. Also, his well deserved 2nd place in Belgium last year was something special.
Since joining Formula 1 in 1996, he has always had a reputation of being brilliant in terrible cars, and poor in great cars. However, it’s bad to just look at the Renault years here. As well as Jordan and Force India, he endured many poor years at Benneton, and one at Minardi.
I’ll write more on this tomorrow.
January 27, 2010
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Last year's launch of the Ferrari F60
Ferrari have ann0unced that the unveiling of their 2010 car will also be broadcast live on the internet.
The car is being launched in Maranello, on Thursday. The presentation will begin at 10:30 local time (9:30 GMT) . Drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fisichella will also be present. The name of the 2010 car will also be revealed at this time.
Weather permitting, the car will take part in a promotional video at the Fiorano track. You can follow the launch at the team’s website.