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Profile - Giancarlo Fisichella
March 13, 2008 19:48 IST
Giancarlo Fisichella: Driver, Force India Formula One team
Date of birth: 14 January 1973
Fisichella joins Force India for its debut F1 season, bringing extensive Formula One know-how to the team. A veteran of 12 FIA Formula One World Championship seasons, with three victories and almost 300 points to his credit, his experience will help the team achieve its long-term aims.
Fisichella, from Rome, started his motorsport career in karting in 1984. Following success on an international level, he moved to single-seaters in the early 1990s -- and success soon followed. In 1994, he secured the Italian Formula 3 championship title, which led to a drive with the Alfa Romeo team in the prestigious International Touring Car championship in 1995.
Fisichella's form in the championship soon caught the attention of F1 bosses and in 1996 he combined a programme in the ITC with a shortened race season with Minardi in Formula One. 1997 marked the young Italian's first full F1 season with Force India's predecessors, Jordan. After an exceptional year, he moved to Benetton the following year, where he stayed for three seasons. A return to Jordan in 2002 saw Fisichella record his first F1 victory in Brazil [Images] in 2003, but for the 2004 season he joined Sauber.
In 2005, Fisichella returned to Renault, a move that gave the Roman his most successful period yet in the sport. With fifth place in the championship in 2005 and fourth in 2006, he marked himself out as one of the most consistent drivers in F1, a talent that will be of great benefit to the fledgling Force India team.
1984: Italian Minikart championship (60cc)
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