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Teen thrilled to race former Ferrari F1 driver

RISING star Noah Sands had not yet been born when Giancarlo Fisichella became a Formula 1 grand prix winner in Brazil.

He was merely eight months old when Fisichella won the 2005 Australian Grand Prix from pole.

Fast forward more than 17 years and Sands has the chance to be going wheel-to-wheel with the Italian veteran next month at the famous Adelaide street circuit which hosted F1 action in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Fisichella will represent Team BRM in the second and final round of the 2022 S5000 Tasman Series, the first half of which was held last weekend on the Gold Coast.

“It’s unreal to be able to race against a Formula 1 driver,” Sands told V8 Sleuth.

“I’ll definitely use the weekend to try to take as much on-track and off-track knowledge as I can from a guy like him.

“He has raced for Ferrari so that’s pretty cool to be up against that. I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ll take all the knowledge I can get and use the weekend to see what it takes to perform at his level.”

The 18-year-old from Leeton in country New South Wales has already this year sealed the Australian Formula 3 title with a round to spare.

He was solid on S5000 debut at Surfers Paradise, taking two fifths and a sixth from the nine-car field.

Noah Sands. Pic: Australian Racing Group

“It was good just to get the experience under my belt of the racing and still getting used to the cars obviously, so it was good to keep experiencing the cars and how they work compared to the Formula 3,” said Sands.

“I sort of am slowly but surely getting my head around it and hopefully we can have a stronger round at Adelaide.”

The chance to compete in the South Australian capital was one which Sands never thought would come, following the Adelaide 500’s axing in late 2020.

“I’ve never raced there so it will be my first time going around the streets of Adelaide,” said the Garry Rogers Motorsport driver.

“I never thought I would race there because a few years ago they canned it so I’m pretty excited to have the opportunity to race at such an iconic street circuit.”

Beyond one more round this year in each of S5000 and F3, Sands has a mission in his sights for 2023.

“The plan is to hopefully do the full S5000 series next year and have a shot at the title.”

Nathan Herne (GRM) leads the Tasman Series standings by 18 points from Joey Mawson (Team BRM).

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