Formula One returnee Vitantonio Liuzzi is among the latest sports stars to be investigated by Italian authorities amid allegations of tax evasion.
According to Reuters
, the Force India driver, who appeared on course for a points finish on his return to the cockpit at Monza two weeks ago, has been accused of claiming residency abroad but not paying tax on his frequent visits to Italy. Liuzzi features among a list of Italians - also including cyclist Davide Rebellin - that police sources believe illegally hold almost half a billion Euros overseas.
Two years ago, MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi was similarly accused, after authorities queried his residency in London, and was eventually forced to pay €35m. The Italian also moved back to Italy to avoid any future misunderstandings.
The seven-time champion had claimed 'British resident non-domiciled' status, but was caught out when he asked for an internet connection to be installed in his hometown of Tavullia. The subsequent paper trail also uncovered a 46-foot yacht moored at the local marina, while eight cars were also found with insurance registered to Rossi or his companies.
Liuzzi has been contracted as reserve driver to the Silverstone-based Force India team for the past two seasons, getting his race return when Giancarlo Fisichella moved to Ferrari ahead of the Italian GP, and previously represented both UK-based Red Bull Racing and Italian team Scuderia Toro Rosso.