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F1 Grand Prix winner to race in Adelaide

MULTIPLE Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella will provide some serious star power to the reborn Adelaide 500 next month.

The Italian was a regular on the F1 grid for 14 years, debuting with Minardi before spending stints at Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari.

Among his three race wins was victory from pole in the 2005 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Now 49, Fisichella will compete for Team BRM in the S5000 Tasman Series finale across December 1-4.

Fisichella had a brief taste of S5000 machinery at the shortlived 2020 Australian Grand Prix, which was cancelled due to COVID-19 before the open-wheelers had turned a racing lap.

Fisichella at Albert Park in 2020. Pic: an1images.com

“I am thrilled to be coming back to Australia to race S5000 – at last,” he said.

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“After the unfortunate cancellation of the races at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, it’s like we have unfinished business to take care of.

“My Formula 1 career started literally a few weeks after the last F1 race in Adelaide, so I have never driven on the circuit, which is a slightly shorter version of the GP track, and so am looking forward to it enormously. I expect the S5000 car will be fast there.

“I’m also thrilled to be driving with Team BRM, which has a great record in racing in Australia – and who ran my friend Rubens (Barrichello) when he drove S5000 at their very first event, in 2019, and then at the ’no race’ Grand Prix in 2020.”

VALO Adelaide 500 CEO Mark Warren hailed the signing of Fisichella.

Fisichella made his F1 debut in Australia in 1996. Pic: an1images.com

“We are ecstatic to host ‘Fisi’ in Adelaide and have no doubt he’ll put on a show for all eventgoers, particularly the Formula 1 enthusiasts,” he said.

“Fisichella brings quality experience from his driving pursuits in Formula 1, GT and Sports Car racing around the world and adds to the high calibre motorsport programme.

“We’re now just under a month to go until we hit the track and this latest signing kicks off a string of big announcements we expect to roll out in the coming weeks.”

Also on the Adelaide 500 schedule will be the Repco Supercars Championship, Super2/Super3 Series, GT World Challenge Australia, Touring Car Masters and Aussie Racing Cars.

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