Giancarlo Fisichella’s had a fun last 24 hours in Austin.
The Formula 1 veteran who now shares the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE with Toni Vilander was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons this morning via an IMSA release, but for good, fun reasons last night.
A post-race altercation between Fisichella and the No. 912 Porsche, driven by Earl Bamber, at the most recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at VIRginia International Raceway at the end of August, now sees the Italian placed on probation for the final two rounds of the season at Circuit of The Americas this weekend and Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans in October.
Fisichella and Bamber were battling over third in the GT Le Mans class before Bamber hit and knocked Fisichella off course. A less than pleased Fisichella reportedly slammed the side of the No. 912 car in pit lane after the race.
Here’s IMSA’s release confirming the probation:
No. 62 driver Giancarlo Fisichella has been placed on probation for the next two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events for his post-race on-track conduct in the Aug. 28 race at VIRginia International Raceway.
Fisichella was determined to have violated Rule 48.4 (unjustifiable risk) of the 2016 IMSA Sporting Regulations & Series Supplementary Regulations for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The bright side for Fisichella is that in his side gig – his role as “DJ Fisico” (yes, he’s really a DJ, with more info here from a Sportscar365 Q&A last year) – he played at Party on POP in Austin last night.
See a few tweets below from the @IMSA account: