Fisichella signs for Sauber

Sauber has confirmed that Giancarlo Fisichella will drive for the team for the next two seasons

Fisichella signs for Sauber

The Italian met with Peter Sauber and technical director Willy Rampf at Hinwil earlier this month and said: "Immediately I had a positive feeling. I was impressed, in particular, by the new wind tunnel. It proves that the team has a lot of potential and the will to be successful."

Peter Sauber said of his new signing: "I've watched Giancarlo's career for years and consider him to be one of the best drivers in F1. He's not only quick but a strong fighter as well, who never gives up and makes the best of any situation. I'm delighted that we have been able to sign him."

The move to Sauber moves Fisichella a step closer to Ferrari, which has an engine supply agreement with the team and a close co-operation which dates back to the friendship between Jean Todt and Peter Sauber from sportscar days. If Michael Schumacher does hang up his helmet at the end of 2006, it is worth noting that Fisichella will still be just 33 years old.

It is widely expected that Sauber will also confirm the return of Felipe Massa to the team, alongside Fisichella. The Italian would be a good yardstick by which to judge the young Brazilian, who impressed with his speed last year but was dropped in favour of the experienced Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Both Frentzen and Heidfeld are understood to have little in the way of job offers in F1 for 2004, with Jordan looking to be their best bet.

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