Fisichella makes Ferrari debut and Liuzzi returns for Force India (pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A return to racing for Liuzzi and a new uniform for Fisichella
A return to racing for Liuzzi and a new uniform for Fisichella

There must’ve been some hasty revisions to the Italian Grand Prix programme as a new home driver was added to the entry list at the expense of another,

As Giancarlo Fisichella moved over to Ferrari, Vitantonio Liuzzi took his place at Force India.

Here’s the first pictures of them in action for their new teams during practice at Monza today.

Fisichella was fractionally quicker than team mate Kimi Raikkonen in first practice this morning – but at least part of that was down to Fisichella running the softer compound tyres.

The second session brought ominous signs of a Ferrari at the bottom of the times sheets once again. But so far Fisichella has looked much quicker than Luca Badoer.

Still, he must have looked at the times at the end of the day and wondered whether he’s left a quicker car behind. His former team mate Adrian Sutil was quickest of all, edging the fastest time of Lewis Hamilton set in the morning by a hundredth of a second. Liuzzi was around a second off Sutil’s pace.

But spare a thought for Badoer. He may not have impressed on his two races for Ferrari, but he’s missed out on a chance to drive for them at his home event, and that must be heartbreaking.

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Giancarlo Fisichella and Vitantonio Liuzzi pictures

Images (C) Ferrari spa, Force India F1 Team, Bridgestone