Liuzzi upbeat about future F1 return
9 April 2012 – Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Formula 1 career may be over for the time being, but the Italian believes more chances may become available for him in the near future. Still holding a position within at HRT, the 31-year-old is now racing in the SuperStars touring car series in which he won a race at Monza last weekend.
For 2012, Liuzzi has inadvertently traded in HRT F1 machinery for a Mercedes C63 AMG prepared by CAAL Racing, although he did score two podium results in Italy and scored his victory from the back of the grid - having suffered a puncture in qualifying. However, his ambitions remain very much elsewhere.
"For sure, I would like to try to get back there in the future. On the other hand I'm really happy to be here; this is another chapter in my career and I'm glad I had the opportunity to prove myself in as high a level a championship as the Superstars Series.”
When asked if he would return to F1 midway through a season, Liuzzi replied:
“I would need to evaluate the situation very carefully. Of course I'm still linked to the Grand Prix world as a third driver for HRT and it has a priority for me, so if the opportunity comes I would have to think about it and you never know what's going to happen in the future. In the meantime, we enjoy this good weekend we had at Monza and this new adventure I'm living, and then we'll see.”
Spain’s Dani Clos is the official reserve driver for HRT, with China’s Ma Qing Hua having joined the outfit’s newly-formed driver development programme last week.
"Tonio is an HRT driver, full stop," a spokesperson explained to GPUpdate.net on Monday. "He is not the third driver but he is available to the team for whatever the team may need and whenever he is requested to."