Three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella will race for the Risi Competizione team in the full TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this year.
The Ferrari-contracted driver will share the works-supported team’s solo GT Le Mans class 458 Italia with Matteo Malucelli, who contested last year’s American Le Mans Series in the Risi entry. They will be joined at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26 by Olivier Beretta, who partnered Malucelli last year, and Gianmaria Bruni, who took the GT title in last year’s World Endurance Championship for Ferrari.
The announcement that Fisichella has been placed by Ferrari at the Risi team is effective confirmation that he will not be part of the factory AF Corse team’s lineup for the WEC in 2014. The Italian driver’s switch to U.S. racing follows a reshuffle of the AF Corse lineup ahead of the WEC finale in Bahrain last November.
Fisichella was demoted to the second car after a poor performance in the previous round in Shanghai and Toni Vilander moved up to share with Gianmaria Bruni, who went on to secure the World Endurance Cup for GT drivers.
No comment on the reshuffle was available from Ferrari or AF.
The lineup for the WEC, of which Fisichella was a part in 2012-’13, has yet to be announced, but speculation suggests that Vilander will contest the full season alongside Bruni. Davide Rigon, who is part of Ferrari’s unofficial roster of GT drivers, is tipped to share the second car alongside Kamui Kobayashi.
Risi, which returned to action last year after a year’s sabbatical, is also providing technical support for the Krohn Racing team, which is now based at its Houston shop. Ferrari factory driver Andrea Bertolini and Peter Dumbreck will join team boss Tracy Krohn and Niclas Jonsson in the car for Daytona.
Tune in for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona at the following times:
Saturday, Jan. 25