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Liuzzi intends to stay on

Tonio Liuzzi says he wants to continue with HRT into the 2012 F1 season
Tonio Liuzzi says he has no plans to move away from HRT for the 2012 F1 season despite the fact the team hasn't confirmed he wil remain for a second year.

Liuzzi joined the Spanish team at the start of 2011 after leaving Force India but hasn't been mentioned by the team as part of its line-up for 2012 after being taken over by Thesan Capital.

Pedro de la Rosa is so far the only driver to have been named by the team for the new season.

Despite that, Liuzzi insists he plans to drive for the team again next year having signed a 'long-term' contract when he joined HRT earlier this season.

“In early 2011 we agreed on a long-term contract with HRT,” he told Australian Motorsport News. “It would have made no sense to sign with a team at this level on just a one-year contract; you have to make it a project for the future and that is why I want to stay in 2012.”



Tagged as: HRT , Tonio Liuzzi , Liuzzi , Thesan

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JJJ - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 1:12 AM

Seems like he's almost trying to guilt trip the team into keeping him. I think it's pretty obvious HRT is on the lookout for a different, preferably spanish driver that brings enough money to buy off Liuzzi and then some. Although it seems to me that if you have two drivers with a different nationality you can tap into more sponsors, but that's just me. Anyway, quite a raw deal for Liuzzi to have taken the last step back on the grid last year and now again find himself unwelcome by his team. I don't think he's out of place in F1 but that said he did have at least one good chance to make good on his early carreer promise with Force India and couldn't make the most out of it, so he won't exactly be sorely missed either.



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