Court rules for Benetton

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The High Court has ruled that Benetton will have the services of the Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella next season.

Mr Justice Jacob ordered the Jordan team, currently employing Fisichella, to write to the contract recognition board of the sport's governing body, FIA, saying he will be driving for Benetton next season.

Also on the move yesterday was Jean Alesi, who announced he will leave Benetton for Sauber next season. The French driver has signed a two-year contract with the Swiss-based team. Alesi will team up with Britain's Johnny Herbert.

"I am very much looking forward to working with Peter Sauber and his team. I was very surprised by them this season and I think they have the potential to be a top team in the near future," Alesi said.

"I hope my experience from driving for Ferrari and Benetton will be good to them."

Sauber said Alesi had "showed all the motivation and commitment required for success" and would form a strong partnership with Herbert.