Ferrari's Giancarlo Fisichella to follow Mika Salo, Johnny Herbert and Christian Klien in challenging Tonio Liuzzi for the checkered flag in Italy's touring car championship.
Where do F1 drivers go when they're done racing in F1? Just about anywhere they want, but many climb into touring cars for series like DTM and V8 Supercars. But a growing number of former grand prix pilots have been heading to Italy's Superstars series. The Italian touring car series features race-prepped versions of performance sedans like the Mercedes C63 AMG, BMW M3, Audi RS5 and Jaguar XF-R, but last year's championship went to the Maserati Quattroporte you see here.
Maserati factory test driver Andrea Bertolini won the championship last year, prompting some former F1 drivers to take to its wheel as well. Mika Salo, Johnny Herbert and Christian Klien have all driven the race-spec Quattropote, but next up will be Giancarlo Fisichella. The three-time grand prix winner retired from F1 at the end of 2009 to take up position as a Ferrari factory driver, and has since won his class in the Le Mans Series and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans itself. Now he'll be driving the Quattroporte in the Superstars series alongside fellow F1 refugee Gianmaria Bruni.
There he'll facing off against another former F1 driver Tonio Liuzzi who currently leads the championship in a C63 AMG for the CAAL Mercedes team. Even if the development doesn't particularly interest you, however, the sight of the race-spec Quattroporte should. Check it out to see what we mean.