Ex-Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 'super season' after signing a deal with Spirit of Race in the GTE-Am class.

Fisichella, 45, raced full-time in the WEC for Ferrari's factory GTE team, AF Corse, in 2012 and 2013, and has raced at Le Mans every year since 2010, with his last two appearances being with the US-based Risi Competizione squad.

The former Ferrari, Renault and Benetton F1 driver will now return to the WEC in 2018 in the GTE-Am class, linking up with the Swiss-based Spirit of Race team where he will race alongside the returning Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci.

"I am really excited to be joining Thomas, Francesco and the whole Spirit of Race family," Fisichella said.

"The FIA WEC is one of the most thrilling and competitive series in the world and I’m very much looking forward to a successful season in this strong team.

"The new Ferrari 488 GTE has been fantastic to drive during the pre-season practice and it’s going to be really exciting to get the most out of it in the fight on track."

Fisichella will make his first appearance for Spirit of Race in the WEC 'super season' opening round at Spa on May 5.