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2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:37:33 PM »
It's that time of the year again! Fisico is almost certainly going to be doing the Daytona 24... ...and so is his good friend Fernando Alonso. Fernando won't be Fisico's team-mate, opting for a United Autosports prototype in hopes of overall victory and preparation for an outright win at Le Mans one day.

Fisico knows the endurance scene well, and has given some advice via a Spanish-language interview for Motorsport.com (I'm sure, as good friends, they've said more about it to each other's faces, but we don't get to hear that bit for good reason).

Fisico has advised that Fernando would only learn from Daytona (in that, it is a good place to learn endurance racing), and that in particular traffic management and staying on the lead lap is vital for Daytona. He is also not convinced this will teach Fernando everything he needs to learn to win Le Mans (which is part of the Triple Crown Fernando seeks). This is because Le Mans is about seeking advantage across the entire race; in Daytona, anyone on the lead lap 2 hours before the end has a good chance of victory.

Finally, Fisico noted that having Fernando join the Daytona race was great for endurance racing and IMSA alike.

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Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Reply #1 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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Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Reply #2 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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Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 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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Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2018, 03:49:24 AM »
Risi, it turns out, is only confirmed for two races this year (though it is hoping to do a more extensive programme) and even Toni Vilander is trying to pair it with a seat elsewhere. Apparently he's progressing on getting a seat in Blancpain. If he's "progressing" rather than "obtained", that shows there are seats out there - and that there's hope for Fisico getting a race seat in 2018 yet. Also, it is no wonder that Fisico did not think sticking with Risi would be a complete program in itself...

(Incidentally, Toni qualified 7th in class for the GTLM after what sounds like quite a tough session). The race will start at 7:40 pm British time and 9:40 pm Finnish time, lasting 24 hours.
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Re: 2018 Daytona 24 Hours
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2018, 08:07:32 PM »
Fisico is definitely planning to race this year - he says the 2018 racing program is almost ready. This makes me very happy - it cannot be easy to keep a secret like that, even if one is as good a poker player as Fisico.

Any team hiring Fisico is making a wise decision. I found an amusing article in Italian about the Ferrari Driver Academy. Last week, all of Ferrari's bright young drivers* went to the Swiss mountain town of Pontresina for a training week. New "teacher" Daniil Kyvat joined Fisico and Andrea Bertolini as instructors. This included a computer simulation of Monza, where everyone tried to set the best lap times they could whenever they passed the simulator between training sessions. Fisico beat everyone else by a considerable margin! Someone that speedy belongs on a race track, with a team that really wants him to be there and can provide the car he deserves :)

* - The young drivers were Antonio Fuoco, Giuliano Alesi, Callum Ilott, Enzo Fittipaldi and Gianluca Petecof. Two of the other Ferrari Driver Academy pilots are in a racing series in New Zealand and couldn't come, and another one is Chinese and is probably training in his homeland.