Giancarlo Fisichella has acknowledged that racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours - and endurance competition in general - requires quite 'a different approach' to what he has been used to for the majority of his single-seater career, but the ex-F1 star revealed that he is enjoying his maiden experience of the race dubbed 'the toughest in the world'.

Fisichella is sharing the sole-surviving AF Corse Ferrari 430GTC in the GT2 class of the legendary round-the-clock La Sarthe classic with fellow former grand prix-winner Jean Alesi and Finn Toni Vilander, and after the heady heights of 14 seasons in F1, he reflected that his new project is 'different'.

"It is different, but I like motor racing and I'm still happy to drive cars, even if it's not F1," the Italian told "It's a nice circuit, a long circuit - a bit dangerous in some places, but very historic. Sharing the car with two other drivers, you need to find a compromise with set-up too - and I'm enjoying this different approach."

Whilst remaining non-committal about whether or not sportscar racing could evolve into a second career of-sorts for him, the 37-year-old Roman did reveal that he had been taken aback by the sheer number of fans who turned out for the popular traditional drivers' parade through Le Mans town centre the day before the race.

"It's great," he enthused. "It's my first experience here and I have to say I'm impressed, especially with the parade with so many people. It's a really nice atmosphere and I'm enjoying it - and I hope to enjoy the race too."