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IMSA Racing / Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on Yesterday at 03:39:42 PM »
He didn't say much, but it's answered some questions...

Fisico posted a photo of himself at a Ferrari Driver Academy ski training session on Instagram. There is no way Ferrari would have allowed Fisico to show up for a Ferrari Driver Academy session unless he was still a Ferrari-linked driver, so whatever else is going to happen, he won't be joining another manufacturer. At a guess, I'd say he's simply waiting for Ferrari to figure out how best to utilise his abilities this year.
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Fisico Beyond Racing / Re: Tanti auguri, Fisico!
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 15, 2018, 07:38:16 PM »
Of the various celebrations of Fisico I have seen on the internet yesterday and today, two stood out, both written in Italian.

This one from Motorsport Italia which suggests that Fisico is exactly the sort of driver and man who might have convinced even Enzo Ferrari (notoriously picky about who he allowed to drive his beloved Ferraris, and especially cautious when it came to putting Italians in the car due to problems with the press in the 1950s) to let him have a race drive.

The praise from Io Gioco Pulito is just as high, describing Fisico as "the last patriot of Formula 1". Not just because he is loyal to his country, or because he did/does so much for Ferrari, but because they consider him to embody the spirit of the Italian nation.
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F1 & Ferrari / Australia 2005
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 15, 2018, 07:23:08 PM »
Fisico remembered what he considered to be his greatest day ever in F1, Melbourne 2005, for Dutch website GPUpdate.net (link in Dutch). Don't ask me why the English translation hasn't been posted...
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F1 & Ferrari / Re: Spa 2009
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 15, 2018, 06:51:44 PM »
As part of the celebrations of Fisico's 45th birthday, WTF1 has an article about his Spa 2009 weekend.
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Fisico Beyond Racing / Re: Che Tempo Che Fa
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 15, 2018, 04:08:22 PM »
It looks like yesterday's episode was completely and utterly dominated by an interview with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg failing to attend (they were supposed to be talking about a new film about the Washington Post; of the two who arrived, Meryl seems to have been the best-received, partly because she was able to express her thoughts in Italian).

There was some controversy, because the episode didn't finish until quarter-past-midnight (it seems that most episodes of it are somewhat shorter).

Also, Alex Zanardi appears to have been in the episode also, talking about his approach to things. Everyone who commented on it on Twitter appears to have been pleased with what he said, with at least one person saying it gave hope for the future of Italy.

And still I cannot find a word about Fisico's contribution to the program...
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Fisico Beyond Racing / Tanti auguri, Fisico!
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 15, 2018, 02:35:02 PM »
I wasn't able to get onto the forum yesterday, so...

Tanti auguri, Fisico!

(Giancarlo had his 45th birthday yesterday, though he's still getting birthday messages today, mostly from people who know that the 14th is his "paperwork" birthday and he was actually born on the 15th, making today the time he really turns 45).
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Fisico Beyond Racing / Re: Che Tempo Che Fa
« Last post by Marja on January 14, 2018, 09:15:37 PM »
Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately I can't see the program from Rai Uno page here because it is limited to broadcast outside Italy. The program Che Tempo Che Fa lasts 3,5 hours, it is not easy to say when it is time when Fisico is there and how long his interview lasts. I wait too a short clip when it has been his turn at the show and watch it afterward because 3,5 hours waiting is very long. In my tele is also subtitling in Italian, it helps a lot when I am watching programs directly from Rai Uno. :)
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Fisico Beyond Racing / Che Tempo Che Fa
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 13, 2018, 04:18:47 PM »
Fisico is going to be on a talk show called Che Tempo Che Fa tomorrow. This is, of course, his birthday. Hopefully we will get some good news from the show - even if it possible that it has no connection to his motorsport plans.
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IMSA Racing / Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on January 10, 2018, 08:54:43 AM »
Turns out that there are bigger issues here, than simply a BoP...

It started with the BMW rumour before Christmas. Then this story appeared with Dave Sims indicating Fisico's return to Risi is unlikely and that there has been silence between Risi and Fisico. This is completely uncharacteristic of Fisico, to not be talking to a team where he's worked for four years.

I'd hoped that this was some sort of misunderstanding on the journalist's part. However, Fisico has also been almost silent on social media (he's only posted one message since New Year - a birthday wish to his friend Michael Schumacher and neither BMW nor any manufacturer with whom Fisico could plausibly have negotiated has said anything about him joining them. Risi, last I checked, had not committed to a part-season line-up for the #62 car (that car will only do the four rounds of the North America Endurance Championship plus 1-2 other races), so it's even possible that Fisico could return/remain with Risi.

If he stays at Ferrari.

I just couldn't have imagined, back in 2009 when Giancarlo chose his childhood dream over staying at a potentially race-winning Force India, that the last sentence could ever contain an "if".
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IMSA Racing / Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Last post by Alianora La Canta on December 29, 2017, 03:13:19 PM »
The initial BoP has been released, with no changes in GTLM for Fisico to worry about.
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