Vitantonio Liuzzi has admitted that he would be interested in a drive at Le Mans this summer due to the new testing regulations brought into play in Formula One.
Liuzzi will remain with the Force India team this season as test and reserve driver but will see his time at the wheel of the new VJM02 hit by new rules that severely limit testing over the course of the year.
In an effort to stay race ready, the Italian admitted he was looking as the options available to allow him to keep racing and he said that Le Mans was one option he was considering.
“Unfortunately the rules this year do not favour test drivers very much, both pre-season and during the season, but I am still really looking forward to it,” he said. “There have been many changes in the regulations, both on the technical and aerodynamic side, with new systems such as KERS and also slick tyres being used, so it will be a difficult year for everybody as it will change the field a lot. I am excited about this as, from a driver perspective, it's a new challenge with lots of new things to discover and develop.
“Of course I will try to have a look round to try and keep racing without taking my focus away from F1, as this is for sure my main thing. I want to keep my racing experience going and that's why I am looking at projects such as the Le Mans 24 hours. The plan is still fluid for now, but for sure I will try many categories that can keep me racing at a top level.”
Liuzzi, who will get his hands on the new VJM02 for the first time when he conducts a pre-Melbourne shakedown of the second car, added that he felt Vijay Mallya's team was 'heading in the right direction' and said he felt the technical link up with McLaren Mercedes would only benefit the Silverstone squad moving forwards.
“I think we have made a really good step forward,” he said. “Last year was the first season for Force India and we were still trying to build a strong structure. Now we have made the right structure and are building a team that can be successful in the future.
“The first year is difficult for any new team and you always see results after two, maybe even three, years but I think we are going in the right direction and I am sure this will already give results this year. The link with McLaren and Mercedes is a very good move.”