Vitantonio Liuzzi will return to the HRT line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.
Liuzzi sat out the inaugural Indian Grand Prix as local star Narain Karthikeyan was drafted back in for a one-off return. Now the Italian is eager to get back behind the wheel of his Cosworth-powered F111 and while he reckons it will be 'tough', he is still confident the Spanish team can 'put up a good fight'.
“After lending my car to Narain for the Indian Grand Prix, I'm really looking forward to getting back into the action in Abu Dhabi,” Liuzzi said. “I'm positive coming into it because in India the car appeared to suit the track well and our pace was good in comparison to our rivals.
“Abu Dhabi is a special track because there is a lot of stop and go so we need to work on braking and traction. There are not many high speed corners and, overall, it is quite a tricky track because you have to work a lot over the kerbs. It is a circuit that I like and one where I have performed well in the past.
“We will face another tough weekend in Abu Dhabi but I am sure that we will put up a good fight.”
Team principal, Colin Kolles meanwhile is also feeling reasonably optimistic: “We had quite an encouraging weekend in India, showing a much better pace than our direct rivals, and we are looking forward to Abu Dhabi to round it off,” he continued.
“However, we have to keep our feet on the ground, focus on ourselves and do our job properly. If we do, I am sure we can hope for a good result at the Yas Marina Circuit. The event was fantastic last year, a really impressive facility with great atmosphere.
“Tonio will be back in the car this weekend [alongside Daniel Ricciardo] and he is highly motivated. I am sure that we will see an interesting Grand Prix.
“The team's performance has improved throughout the season and the last races have been particularly positive for us. We certainly are in a much better position than we were eight months ago and I hope that we will continue this way until the end,” Kolles concluded.