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Fisichella Could Take Sauber Race Seat In 2010

Giancarlo Fisichella, the perennial Italian driver has said he is in the running for a potential race role with the newly reformed Sauber F1 Team.

Fisichella moved to Ferrari for the end of the 2009 season to replace Luca Badoer, Felipe Massa’s injury replacement.  He has been signed as the Italian teams reserve driver for 2010, but they have said he can be released for race drives, but if they need him back he must return.  Ferrari also signed youngster Jules Bianchi, and could potentially call on Badoer, Marc Gene or Michael Schumacher if necessary.

The Italian marque will be providing engines and powertrain to the Sauber team, based in Hinwil, Switzerland, reminiscant of their partnership in the early 2000’s.

Fisichella drove for Sauber in 2004, before a good season launched him into a race drive with Renault partnering Fernando Alonso, scoring race wins and helping the team to two constructors titles.

“First of all I’m happy that they (Sauber) can participate in the championship and I would like to be able to collaborate with a team I know, and I got on very well with them: together with Ferrari we’ll see if that will be possible,” he said at the Bologna motor show.

Christian Klien is likely to be one of the race drivers, and Betrand Baguette could become the teams official test driver after a mildly successful test at Jerez last week.

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