Scuderia Ferrari and Marussia F1 Team have both taken part in the Jerusalem Peace Road Show, undertaking show runs in front of over 180,000 fans as part of an event to promote motorsport and unite people in the region.
Giancarlo Fisichella got behind the wheel of Ferrari’s 2009 car, the F60, whilst Rodolfo Gonzalez represented Marussia at the event which was hosted along a 2.8km route in the historic city.
Fisichella last raced in F1 for Ferrari in 2009, and has become a part of their test and endurance racing programme since then, with the Italian driver relishing events such as this.
“Even if I’m not racing in Grands Prix anymore, I still get to drive fantastic cars like the Ferrari Formula 1 in events like this, but I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced such a special atmosphere as here in Jerusalem,” Fisichella said on the team’s website. “These have been historic days and unforgettable ones for me.”
Now though, three-time GP winner Fisichella will return to Europe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where American driver Alexander Rossi will also be competing.
“I’m now dashing back to Italy to prepare for the most important racing event of my career, the Le Mans 24 Hours, which takes place next weekend, when I will race an AF Corse 458 GT2.
“It is one of the most important races in the world and winning it last year was one of the best moments of my career.”
We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.
And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.
After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.
In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.
Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.
“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.
“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”
Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.
“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”
Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.