Formula 1 star Giancarlo Fisichella has tested the Alfa Romeo 156 Gta that he will race in this weekend's FIA European Touring Car Championship finale at Monza.
Fisichella will drive in a five-strong Autodelta squad, also comprising Gabriele Tarquini, Nicola Larini, Roberto Colciago and James Thompson.
"It is always an emotion to drive a different racing car," said Fisichella after his first run in the car at Varano. "Especially when you are used to Formula 1. Because of the technical regulations, the Alfa 156 Gta is close to the roadgoing car, but it's really fun to drive as soon as you become familiar with it.
"I'm quite happy to get back racing for Alfa Romeo. I still have good memories of my ITC and DTM seasons, back in 1995 and 1996. I also met Marco Calovolo and Monica Sipsz, who were my race engineer and team manager then."
Sipsz commented: "It's quite an impressive group of drivers, which has been further enriched by Fisichella's arrival. Five cars are quite a big effort for our engineers and mechanics, but I'm sure we will be paid back by the tifosi, who will come to Monza for supporting our effort to claim another European championship."
Tarquini is tied on points coming into the Monza race with BMW's Jorg Muller. Disabled former CART champion Alex Zanardi has joined BMW this weekend for his first race since losing both his legs at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in 2001.
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