Fisichella visits Sauber factory

It has been confirmed that Jordan driver Giancarlo Fisichella visited Sauber's factory in Hinwil, Switzerland, on Wednesday

Fisichella visits Sauber factory

Fisichella is widely regarded to be one of F1's most talented drivers but with his 30th birthday now behind him, is still awaiting an opportunity in a front-running car.

While Sauber has had a tough season with its C22 chassis, the team uses Ferrari engines and has links with Maranello that date back to Peter Sauber's friendship with Ferrari boss Jean Todt, from when they were sportscar rivals.

Fisichella's previous management hinted that the Ferrari door would remain closed to the Italian so long as Michael Schumacher remained at Maranello - not because Schumacher was afraid of him, but because the extra focus on the number two car with an Italian at the wheel could destabilise the team. Whether or not that is a factor, Ferrari will obviously now be thinking about its next move when Schumacher does finally hang up his helmet.

Fisichella is currently under contract to Jordan for 2004, but with the team said to have reduced his retainer by 50 percent this year, it is possible that get-out clauses could be exercised.

Peter Sauber said: "We obviously have to look at our options but it is too early to say anything about next year's driver line-up."

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