BIOGRAPHY

Giancarlo Fisichella was born in Rome on 14 January 1973 and developed a passion for motorsport very early: only 8 years old he started driving karts at the Guidonia circuit. Between 11 and 18 he participated in Italian and International kart championships with many excellent results. In 1992 he debuted in Formula 3, where he ended the season on place eight, while winning the Italian championship in 1994 with ten victories during the season, after coming in second the year before. After a short while in the international Tourism Championship with an Alfa Romeo 155 Giancarlo came to Formula 1 at age 23, starting for Minardi in the 1996 season. In the following years he raced for Jordan (1997), Benetton (from 1998 to 2001), and again for Jordan (2002 and 2003, where he gained in Brazil the first win of his career).

He then raced for Sauber (2004), Renault (2005-2007) and Force India (2008 and a part of 2009); in the year 2009, after Felipe Massa’s accident in Hungary, and after Luca Badoer, who drove for two races, Giancarlo Fisichella was called up by Scuderia Ferrari, for whom he drove the F60 no.3 from the Italian Grand Prix to the end of the season. In 2010, Giancarlo took on the role of third driver for the Scuderia, as well as competing in the Le Mans Series, at the wheel of an AF Corse entered F430. Since 2011 he has competed in GT racing at the wheel of the 458 Italia, with the AF Corse team - first in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, then in the World Endurance Championship.

In 2012 he won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni and Toni Vilander. The following year he was second in the Drivers’ title race but made a decisive contribution to the Constructors’ and Teams’ titles for Ferrari and AF Corse. In 2014 he repeated his Le Mans win together with Bruni and Vilander but spent his year competing in the United States where he took part in the IMSA USCC (United SportsCar Championship). He took two wins in the races at Road America and Virginia together with Germany’s Pierre Kaffer at the wheel of the Risi Competizione run 458 Italia. In 2015 Giancarlo was fourth in the IMSA USCC still with Kaffer and the Risi Competizione Ferrari.

He was also third at the Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Bruni and Vilander and won the 6 Hours of Rome in Gold Cup class on a 458 Italia GT3 entered by AF Corse alongside Michele Rugolo and Motoaki Ishikawa. In 2016 he will compete in the IMSA SSC championship on the 488 GTE of team Risi Competizione. He will team up with Toni Vilander.