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Benetton > Giancarlo Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella

Team Benetton
Date of Birth 14 January 1973
Nationality Italian
Car Number 7
Marital Status Engaged
Personal Profile  

Giancarlo Fisichella began his Formula1 career with Minardi, before moving to Jordan in 1997. A tempestuous partnership with Ralf Schumacher saw a few off track excursions, before the bubbly Italian moved to Benetton in 1998 where he has consistently proved his worth.

Now in his fourth season with the Anglo-Italian team, Fisichella distinguished himself against team mate Alex Wurz during both 1999 and 2000, often out-qualifying and out-racing the Austrian.

He was responsible for 13 out of Benetton's 16 points in 1999, and 18 out the team's total of 20 constructors' points in 2000. He also managed three podium finishes last year: in Brazil, Canada and Monaco.

However, despite intially impressing new boss, Flavio Briatore, he began to lose focus as the season drew to a close, and earned a particularly negative comment from the Italian in the press after the US Grand Prix qualifying session, when he could only manage 15th place.

Two tangles at the first corner with Michael Schumacher in Austria and Germany also limited his ability to score points.

He must now prove himself against new recruit, Jenson Button, who impressed many an observer during his debut season with Williams in 2000.

Career Highlights
2000 Third year with Benetton. Finishes sixth in the drivers' championship with 18 points.
1999

Stays with Benetton. Achieved 2nd place at the Canadian Grand Prix, as well as 4th in the season opener in Australia. Season total of 13 points had all been scored by mid-June. Finished 9th in Driver's Championship.

1998 Joins Benetton. Two second places and his first Career pole position. 16 points was only enough for 9th in the table, however.
1997

Finishes an impressive 8th in his first full season in F1 with 20 points. Finishes second in the Belgium Grand Prix

1996

After test driving for Ferrari he makes his Formula One debut with the Minardi Ford team, competing in eight races. His performances earn him a contract with Jordan. Wins the Bologna Supersprint with Benetton

1995

Test drives F1 for Minardi. Finishes 2nd in the Motor Show Challenge

1994 Italian Formula 3 Champion with 10 victories to his credit
1993 Italian Formula 3 Championship - 2nd Pole Position and 2nd in the Monaco Grand Prix
1992 Italian Formula 3 Championship - 8th



 
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