Vitantonio Liuzzi has hinted that he may be looking for a way back into F1 next season, despite appearing to have found a new home in the Superstars touring car series.
Speaking after being confirmed as runner-up in his first full season in the championship, the Italian admitted that he had been impressed with the tin-top scene in which he remained a contender for the title until the final race. Unfortunately he was unable to better third position in the opening race at Monza, but still did enough to guarantee second overall for the Caal Racing squad that ran his Mercedes C63 AMG.
"It's been a very positive experience and I had lots of fun," the former Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India
and HRT driver claimed, "Superstars left me really impressed, mainly thanks to the promoter that developed an extremely high-level championship with a stunning roster featuring the best men in racing. I'm a little bit bitter for how it ended up - a title would have made this season perfect - but there are many valuable and very experienced racers in Superstars like [Johnny] Herbert, [Christian] Fittipaldi, [Mika] Salo, [Gianni] Morbidelli and [Thomas] Biagi. I have also been impressed by how [eventual champion Johan] Kristoffersson tamed his super-fast Audi RS5 and stayed consistent in terms of results over the year."
Asked whether he would be back for more next season, Liuzzi insisted that he would put Superstars above almost any other series he may be linked to.
"I would rather be back in Superstars, as the series required some real commitment this season and rewarded me with some great satisfactions," he noted, "However, I have no plans for 2013, as I might find a way back to F1 in these next few months…"
Liuzzi's name has been absent from the usual 'silly season' talk this year, and it is thought that his comment was made with tongue firmly in cheek. Seats have slowly begun to fill up for 2013 and it is unlikely that, without the sort of budget he has been unable to find in past seasons, the Italian would be able to find a way back onto the grid.
Indeed, it could be that he finds himself surrounded by a few more drivers with F1 experience on the Superstars grid next year, with the likes of Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki Kovalainen, Pedro de la Rosa
and Vitaly Petrov all possibly set to be left unemployed....