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Liuzzi to bring up half century

Tonio Liuzzi chases a return to the points on his 50th F1 start in Monaco
Tonio Liuzzi will hope to rebound from his disappointing weekend in Spain as the Force India man heads to Monaco – and his 50th F1 start.

Liuzzi had hoped to fight for a top ten finish in Spain but suffered a range of issues that ultimately led to him stopping on track on the final lap after losing power.

The Italian will now hope for a double celebration in the principality as he brings up a half century of F1 starts and he admitted it was nice to reach the landmark figure at the biggest race on the calendar.

"I never counted, but it's good to know!" he said. "It's good to know I have been in this business for quite a while and reaching 50 races is an achievement, and it feels particularly nice to be able to do this in Monaco. I love the track, it's a great race and we always have some highlights there. I really want to be back in the points to celebrate my 50th race."

Although he hasn't raced at Monaco for a number of years, Liuzzi added that he didn't expect it to take long before he was back up to speed although he admitted he was concerned about the challenge faced by qualifying.

“I won't have to relearn the track as I have quite a bit of experience there from F3000 and then the three years I did in F1, but for sure the cars have changed a lot since I was last there and you need to get used to the handling on this type of high downforce, twisty circuit.

“Qualifying is for sure going to be tough here with the 24 cars out on Q1 so we will have to really work hard to optimise this, but the race is always a real thrill for any driver. The aim is to do the maximum and get back into the points.”



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