Tonio Liuzzi will hope to build on his strong performance in Korea as F1 heads to Brazil this weekend for the penultimate race of the 2010 season at Interlagos.
The Italian stormed through the field at the new Yeongam circuit from 17th on the grid to finish in sixth place – marking his best result since returning to the grid at last season's Italian Grand Prix.
Liuzzi admits that the result was a boost to his confidence after a mixed season, which has led to doubts about his future, and he will now look to build on his Korean performance in the Brazilian GP.
“Korea was a fantastic race in the end - after a few difficult races we needed a race where things went well, we got to the finish and got some decent points,” the Force India
man said. “For the first time in a long time I had a really good feeling with the car. It was as if I was totally connected with it and that meant I could push with complete confidence.
“We showed again that when conditions are tough we can be in the game. The team did a great job in the pit stop, deciding the right moment to change the tyres, and the stop was really quick. Everything was perfect and I had a really strong race. We didn't make any mistakes after that, we made the right overtaking moves at the right time, everything was done at the right moment, and it paid off at the end.
“For me it was really important to show we are back in business and the first thing I said on the radio to my engineers was the luck had to turn one day, sooner or later! Fortunately we were able to show that when things are going right, we are there, and we are fast, and we are ready to do great things. It's good to see this, and we hopefully can have the same kind of result in the next few races.
“I'm now really looking forward to Brazil. In qualifying I was fast in the rain, but then had an aquaplaning moment and started far down the grid but the race was very strong as I got my best finish of the short season there. I like the track, and I think we can be quite competitive there. I've come away from Korea on a positive note so hopefully we can keep that going for the next two races.”