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Giancarlo Fisichella

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Giancarlo Fisichella (born January 14, 1973 in Rome, Italy), also known as Fisico or Fisi, is an Italian Formula One racing driver. He currently drives for the reigning world constructors' champions, Renault, and has previously driven for Sauber, Jordan, Benetton and Minardi. He has won three races in his career to date, the first of which was at the chaotic 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix; an unusual set of circumstances at the end of that race had meant that the rules were unclear about who won. Fisichella was eventually declared the winner in the following week, and collected his trophy in an unorthodox ceremony at the following race. Fisichella has endured mixed fortunes at his current team, Renault. He was brought in to the team to replace fellow Italian Jarno Trulli, and won his first race with the team in Australia in 2005. However, after that race it was his team-mate, the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, that would win the greater share of races for Renault. Although highly rated as a driver, Fisichella was unable to keep pace with eventual champion Alonso, managing just one further race win since his debut. Outside of driving, he runs his own GP2 team, FMS International.

1999 proved to be a similarly inconsistent season for Giancarlo Fisichella. He did score some podium finishes, and again came close to a victory in the European Grand Prix, until he crashed out of the lead. This would prove to be his best chance of a victory for the next few seasons.

Fisichella's season was to follow a similar pattern in 2000. He again gained some surprise podium finishes early in the year, but Benetton's now unfortunately traditional poor second half of the season meant that he failed to score any more points. Since joining Benetton, Fisichella had comprehensively outperformed his Austrian team-mate Alexander Wurz, who would then leave the team to make way for British rookie Jenson Button in 2001. Renault had purchased the Benetton team by the start of the 2001 season, but their investment was too late to enable much progress with Benetton's uncompetitive 2001 car, and as a result, Fisichella was battling for much of the season with teams such as Minardi and Prost. However, the efforts of technical director Mike Gascoyne and his staff did result in improvements over the year, culminating in a 4-5 finish at the German Grand Prix and a third place finish for Fischella at the Belgian race. Despite Fisichella gaining the team's best results that season, he left the team to rejoin Jordan for 2002.Fisichella driving for Jordan at the 2002 US GP.

In 2007 Giancarlo Fisichella became Renault's lead driver after the departure of Fernando Alonso. His team mate is the team's former test driver, the young Finn Heikki Kovalainen, who is replaced as test driver by Nelson Piquet Jr. The team have new sponsors for 2007 following the ban on tobacco advertising, and consequently their 2007 colours are white, orange, and dark blue, with Renault's traditional yellow also still seen on the cars and team overalls.

After finishing third in the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, Fisichella dedicated the result to his best friend, Tonino Visciani, who died of a heart attack on the Thursday before the race.


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