Liuzzi: HRT still searching for budget
16 January 2012 – Vitantonio Liuzzi has still not received confirmation over his HRT drive for the 2012 F1 season. Since joining the Spanish squad, the Italian has insisted that his contact was a long-term deal, although the team continues to remain quiet over the situation.
According to Liuzzi, two more seasons remain on his contact – taking him through to the end of 2013 – although the former points-scorer remains in the dark.
“There is still no clarity," he told Italy’s 422race.com. “The biggest problem is that the team has no budget. They're still looking at whether it is possible to have two drivers on the payroll this year. At the moment I am still linked to HRT - I have a contract to drive for the team for two more years, but whether it'll actually happen is another matter. The team is still looking for sponsors to make this possible, but there is no doubt that HRT is happy with Pedro de la Rosa and myself.
“At the moment I am still completely involved in developing the new car, but I do realise that that could change at any moment. Contracts are almost worthless in Formula 1. If a young driver with a big wallet comes knocking on the door, I lose my seat. That’s how it is.”
Although Pedro de la Rosa has been confirmed at HRT, other Spanish drivers such as Dani Clos and Javier Villa have been linked to the Murcia-based outfit over the course of the past 12 months. Barcelona’s Jaime Alguersuari also remains on the driver market although new HRT Team Principal Luis Pérez-Sala said in December that signing the ex Toro Rosso driver is unlikely.