Giancarlo Fisichella's Fisichella Motor Sport team has confirmed speculation that it will join forces with GP2 series regular Coloni Motorsport next season, but has revealed that its title-winning Italian F3000 squad will not suffer as a result.
A new operation, FMS International, has been created to cover the partnership between the Fisichella and Coloni teams, and was officially unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show over the weekend. The squad will feature joint team principals in Paolo Coloni and Enrico Zanarini, who will manage the team on and off the track. Coloni is a veteran of both FIA F3000 and GP2, while Zanarini comes to team management after overseeing the careers of several drivers, including both Fisichella and Eddie Irvine.
"This joint venture between Coloni and FMS signals the start of something I think will be very special," Coloni said, "I am personally a very big fan of the GP2 series and what it is doing for this level of motorsport, and I am very much looking forward to the 2006 season.
"Today is the realisation of a goal and the start of a mission. Giancarlo and I go back a long way, to Italian F3 when we raced against
each other. When we were rivals, I respected him both on and off the track, and, today, I respect him just as much. He has many, many qualities as a driver and as a man, and I look forward to working with him and Enrico, and to what I am sure will be a bright future with them both in the GP2 series."
FMS has already committed two cars to next year's Italian F3000 series - which is coincidentally run by the Coloni operation - where it will renew its already successful technical partnership with another GP2 team, Durango.
the 2005 Italian F3000 champion, Luca Filippi, is expected to sign for FMS International, having tested extensively with Coloni following his title-winning run with Fisichella.