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Liuzzi: It's all about the cash

Tonio Liuzzi admits to an uncertain future with a lack of funds hitting his hopes of staying with HRT
Tonio Liuzzi admits that he is frustrated about pay drivers in F1 as he waits to find out whether or not his contract with HRT for the 2012 season will be honoured.

The Italian signed a multi-year deal with the team last season having left Force India, but his future with the team was called into question when it was taken over by Thesan Capital.

The new owners have already signed Pedro de la Rosa for the season ahead but haven't yet confirmed Liuzzi, despite him having a deal in place.

Speaking to ESPNF1, Liuzzi admitted it was a frustrating situation to be in, with the team looking to try and find a driver with budget to ensure it can compete in 2012.

"I'm still linked with the team and have a long, multi-year contract," he said. "At the moment the team has been clear to me; it's a difficult period in terms of money so they are trying hard to find sponsors to be able to run me as per the contract. But in the case that they are struggling then they might be forced to look for a driver that brings money.

"If you've got a big sponsor behind you then you are an F1 driver and that's not the way it should be from my point of view. There may be some people that think differently, but Formula One is the top of the sport and should be full of talent that have got the results during their career and have been kicking arse since they were kids, not people that just have the money. I'm sick of it being like this at the moment, but I have to just accept it and hopefully I will get another chance."

Liuzzi added that he doesn't have the financial backing of some others to take to a team and was relying more on his results to earn a drive.

"Obviously, with the global position being so difficult at the moment, it is not easy for anybody and I don't have much money myself to spend or to bring sponsors,” he said. “So I can just bring my talent and my skill and pay a team back with results. Unfortunately, at the moment, the teams just want the money upfront and in their pocket and they care less about the results."




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Craig - Unregistered

January 25, 2012 6:11 PM

I love it when someone has the guts to tell it like it is! Good for you Liuzzi........you're not the best driver on the circuit.......just the one with the biggest you know what's!!!! Hopefully we will see you next season.

adehwood - Unregistered

January 25, 2012 6:07 PM

Ur right there. Its the same as SKY TV ripping us all of with this F1 channel only available on SKY. we now have to pay 500 quid a year to watch all F1 races. F1 has lost its appeal money money money. all these untalented drivers only there as they have loads of dosh. Luizzi if I was you id leave F1. whats the point being in a team who are poo and never going anywhere. next year will be the same new driver line up cause we dont have any cash. Why not see if SKY TV will back you they have LOADS OFF MONEY!!!!!! Im having a rant as I cant afford SKY TV to watch F1. Iv been watching scince 1984 a cant anymore.



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