Giancarlo Fisichella described how he felt “honoured” to be defending Ferrari colours in 2010 after the Italian tested the F430 he will campaign in the European Le Mans Series.

The Italian took part in the test on Friday on the Vallelunga circuit ahead of a planned season with the Piacenza based AF Corse squad.

It went well, this is an honest car, easy to drive, but I need to gain more confidence to find the limit,” said Fisichella who will continue as reserve driver of the Ferrari F1 team alongside his LMS commitments. “This is a great experience and I'm honoured that I can fight together with Jean and Toni to defend the colours of Ferrari in GT2.”

However, Fisichella was not the only Ferrari alumni on show at the Autodromo Piero Taruffi with Jean Alesi also testing ahead of his own LMS season. “I'm really happy to be back in the Ferrari family,” said Alesi, whorecorded one win whilst driving for Ferrari in F1 between 1991 and 1994. “Having such a great adventure ahead, sharing the car with other drivers, something I've never done.”

The pair were joined by GT veteran, Finn Toni Vilander who is entered for the full season in the no.94 car together with Fisichella.

However, the day was not all about the elites of the Ferrari family.

The day also saw the winners of the 2009 Ferrari Challenge get behind the wheel of a F430 GTC supplied by AF Corse. Giorgio Sernagiotto, the winner of the Italian series in the Trofeo Pirelli shared the car with Stefano Gai and Yannick Mallegol, winners of the Italian and European Coppa Shell series dedicated to gentleman drivers.