Operating a Formula One team is no cheap endeavor for an automaker, which could be why Honda, Toyota and BMW all dropped theirs when the going got tough. But not the Fiat Group. With the Scuderia Ferrari under its umbrella, Fiat has access to a cadre of experienced racing and test drivers, and all without spending a penny: Ferrari claims it operates its F1 team without any investment from its parent company. And what's more is that its drivers are some of the best in the world.

Ferrari currently employs two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa, soon to be replaced by 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and a roster of experienced test drivers – including three-time grand prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella, the last Italian to race in F1.

In this video below, Fisichella's employers had him try out the new Alfa Romeo 4C at the Circuito di Balocco that Alfa has used as its proving grounds since the early 1960s. We'll let the video speak for itself, but unsurprisingly, Fisico seems to like it. Now if only the Italians could make promo videos as engaging as they do sports cars, we'd be all set.


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      steban
      • 1 Year Ago
      now, can we please get a replacement for the 159. something beautiful, but reliable with good build quality; a real 3 series killer.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent little car. The hype this car generated has been well deserved. And I really like the direction that FIAT is taking with Alfa Romeo. They seem to be sorting out all the brands, and diversifying them properly. More RWD cars to come too. Alfa Romeo is a brand I could consider as my next purchase.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fisichella is the last Italian to race in F1 *for Ferrari*. The last Italian to race in F1, period, is both Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jarno Trulli, both of whose last race was the 2011 Brazilian GP.
      cynicalrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is sorta like today's Stratos in some ways
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cynicalrick
        I think it creates it's own merit. You're so cynical cynicalrick. :P
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a placeholder to keep Alfa Romeo as player in the world of enthusiast. cars until the real line up starts getting here in hopefully 2016 Sure is a cool placeholder however and already is a classic
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMO, it looks and sounds more exotic than its rivals.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car sounds amazing and to my ears almost perfect. As for the driving dynamics, I have not seen to many favorable reviews over the years. Let's hope this car can change all of that.
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't hurt things that due to loopholes in the F1 rules (and due to the F1 hierarchy not wanting to stand up to the most powerful team in F1), Ferrari is still allowed to accept sponsorship from the tobacco industry years after F1 supposedly said that tobacco sponsorship of the sport is dead. The cronies who run F1 needs to grow some balls and tell Ferrari that it cant have an association with Phillip Morris anymore.
      A M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome car, but, can I see the video without the horrible audio? That faux-metal sound track and idiotic translator ruins it. I'd rather hear the driver speaking Italian without translation than the overdubbing that was added.
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      great looking car. let's hope alfa have sorted out their dopey dna system.
      • 1 Year Ago
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