Fisichella returns to WEC with Ferrari GTE Am drive

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Fisichella returns to WEC with Ferrari GTE Am drive
By: Gary Watkins
Feb 7, 2018, 3:35 PM

Ex-Formula 1 ace Giancarlo Fisichella will remain a Ferrari driver and return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 superseason.

Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari
#51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3, GTD: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, Daniel Serra
#51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, Daniel Serra
#54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Miguel Molina
#54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Miguel Molina

Fisichella, a three-time grand prix winner, will race a Ferrari 488 GTE for the AF Corse-run Spirit of Race operation in the GTE Am class.

The 45-year-old Italian will share the car with team regulars Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr, who scored a GTE Am victory at Fuji last season, in place of Miguel Molina.

Fisichella is returning full-time to the WEC after an absence of four seasons, during which time he raced with the Risi Competizione Ferrari team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

His contract to remain on Ferrari's GT roster had yet to be agreed earlier this year and he was not available to the Risi squad for its Rolex 24 at Daytona assault.

Fisichella said: "I am really excited to be joining Thomas, Francesco and the whole Spirit of Race family.

"The WEC is one of the most thrilling and competitive series in the world, and I’m very much looking forward to a successful season in this strong team."

Castellacci described partnering Fisichella as a "real privilege", calling him an "icon of world motorsport".

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Series WEC
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Francesco Castellacci , Thomas Flohr
Teams Spirit of Race
Author Gary Watkins
Article type Breaking news