Vitantonio Liuzzi insists that he is still chasing a race seat for next season, but admits that nothing will be known until the current hiatus in the driver market is over.

Deals appear to have been put on hold while Fernando Alonso decides his future places and, while the Spaniard's options do not directly affect Liuzzi, there could be indirect options for the Italian that result from the world champion either staying put at McLaren, moving on to another team or taking a year out of the sport altogether.

Liuzzi was released by Scuderia Toro Rosso when it signed multiple Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais last month but, unlike erstwhile team-mate Scott Speed - who was fired after the European Grand Prix and appears set to return to the USA to continue his career - the Italian is determined to remain in Formula One.

"I'm working on next year, for sure," he said at Thursday's Monza press conference, "My aim is to stay in F1 because that's [been] my target since I started racing and I want to show what I can do when I am in a competitive team because, unfortunately, this year, we had a lot of problems.

"But nothing is fixed. I think, at the moment, we are a bit on stand-by for the driver market, and we still have to wait two or three weeks to know what's going on, but I'm working hard on it and I hope I get a chance."

The former world kart and F3000 champion has been talked of as a possible test and reserve driver at various teams, Williams among them, but Liuzzi is determined to be racing in 2008.

"At the moment, I'm focused just on [race] driving, because I think, in the last two years, we didn't have many chances to show what we can do because we were always in difficult conditions," he reiterated, "I hope that, for next year, I can stay in Formula One - if possible, in a stronger situation - so I'm pushing hard to be a driver, one of the 22."

 

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