Fisichella Motor Sport International will become one of the world's most diverse and far-reaching motorsport teams running in 2009, after committing to a fifth international championship.
The addition of Euroseries 3000 to the team's repertoire sees FMSI return to its roots, as its first major championship successes took place in the Italian and European F3000 categories that preceded the current Euroseries set-up.
It has also confirmed the first of two drivers for the programme, with current GP2 Asia pilot Rodolfo Gonzàlez having inked a deal with the Italian squad.
FMSI first appeared as a team in the Italian F3000 series in 2005 and made an instant impact, with its two drivers dominating the championship from the very first race. With five race wins and a further three podiums, the team's consistent performance led to the then FMS team winning both the drivers' and teams' titles.
This success continued in 2006, when the team not only took back-to-back title doubles in the Italian F3000 championship, but also took the team crown and first and second in the drivers' battle in the Euroseries.
“I am very proud of all that we have achieved with Fisichella Motor Sport International in the last five years,” team principal Enrico Zanarini commented, “After a timid start in F3000, we clinched three titles in two years before joining the Coloni family to create what is a very professional environment today.
“Every year Paolo, Giancarlo and I have gone into new ventures, all of us inspired by a common objective and every year we found tremendous satisfaction in every one of them. FMSI in Euro 3000 is a return to a championship which saw us winners in the past and the beginning of a new era for our team.”
The return coincides with the impending confirmation of a tie-up between Euroseries 3000 and the GP2 Series, which will see the winner of the former get a race seat in the F1 feeder category. Full details are expected to emerge in the coming weeks, but FMSI co-principal Paolo Coloni has no doubt that the move will be a popular one.
“I am delighted to be competing once again with FMSI in the Euroseries 3000 championship,” he noted, “We have a rich history in the category and it is a fantastic time for us to return to the series, as it offers the winning driver a rare opportunity to compete in GP2 the following season. I am sure that this will make the series very attractive to many drivers and FMSI will be serious championship contenders.”
For the record, FMSI will also compete in the GP2 Series, GP2 Asia, Formula BMW Europe and Superleague Formula in 2009.