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Liuzzi after points hat-trick

Vitantonio Liuzzi keen to re-pay the belief Force India showed in him by getting another top-ten result and more points for the Silverstone-based men.
Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi will be aiming to make it three points' finishes in succession this weekend when the F1 2010 season continues with the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Liuzzi followed up his ninth place in Bahrain with a superb seventh at Albert Park last weekend and now he wants to keep that run going and add to his eight point tally, which currently leaves him ninth in the F1 2010 drivers' championship.

"I'm obviously really happy [with my season so far] as it confirms what I said from the beginning of the year, that I am back and I am ready for big results as long as the car stays together and gives me the possibility," said Liuzzi. "I had a really strong race when I came back in Monza last year, and we are scoring points now. I just want to give back as much as I can to the team because they believed in me.

"The car was getting better and better the more the track was drying up in Australia. We suffered a lot of understeer at the beginning, but the front wing adjuster was working well, and we were able to tune it a little bit more and get closer to optimum set-up during the race.

"The final 15 laps were quite hard because [Rubens] Barrichello did a two-stop strategy, and was closing the gap really fast, but I was trying to manage the rear tyres and trying to control the car behind me, and it worked out."

Despite his success in the races though, the Italian has yet to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out and having qualified 12th in Bahrain and 13th in Australia, he is eager to make it to Q3 at Sepang.

"I think it will be a very interesting race for us this Sunday, although it will be really hot and really difficult! But the track should suit more the characteristics of our car, so I think we'll be in an interesting position. I've got to work on my qualifying performance though and try and get into Q3 for the first time and then, of course, keep those points coming," he added.

As for their rivals, Luizzi reckons Force India's main benchmark is Renault, as the top four are just too far away.

"Unfortunately to match Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren's speed is difficult for us, but the team is working really hard. For us the main competitor at the beginning seemed to be Renault, but now they've made a big step forward. I think it will be our main target to try to catch them in Malaysia to beat them in the championship. For sure it won't be easy because they are a great team and they will develop. But we are working hard back at Silverstone, and working well," he summed-up.

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Taz - Unregistered

April 01, 2010 10:30 AM

If he does a good job this year and sutil doesn't start bringing home the points more frequently it'll be Liuzzi and De-rista next season I bet.

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