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Zanarini steps down as FMSI team principal.


Enrico Zanarini has resigned as team principal of Fisichella Motor Sport International with immediate effect, citing other involvements as forcing him to reconsider his role with the team.

Personal manager to F1 veteran Giancarlo Fisichella, among others, the Italian became involved with Fisichella Motor Sport when it was formed, and continued to hold a key role when Paolo Coloni's eponymous team joined forces to take the team onto a wider stage with an entry into the inaugural GP2 Series campaign in 2005. Coloni and Zanarini acted as joint team principal through the team's first four seasons in the F1 feeder series.

Zanarini's commitments stretch far beyond Fisichella and FMSI, however, and he has long been involved in driver management, starting back in the early 1970s with the likes of Alan Jones, Colin Bond and Tim Shencken, who all raced with Alfa Romeo's Australian touring car operation. Relocating to Europe, he began working with drivers in F3 and F3000, including Eddie Irvine, who went on to race for Jordan and Ferrari in F1. Fisichella became a prime client shortly after the Irishman's retirement, and the relationship with Zanarini eventually expanded into looking after teams in the Italian F3000 and, ultimately, GP2 championships.

“It has been a difficult decision,” Zanarini said of his decision to step back from FMSI, ”but other business commitments have forced me to re-allocate time spent with our race teams.”

The team principal position at FMSI will now be the sole responsibility of Coloni.


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