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Vitantonio Liuzzi
Tonio Liuzzi 300607.JPG
Nationality Italy Italian
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Force India
Car # 15
Races 45
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2005 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

Vitantonio "Tonio" Liuzzi (born 6 August 1981[1]) is an Italian race driver who currently drives for the Force India Formula One team.[2] He lives in Pescara, Italy.

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Karting

Born in Locorotondo, BA, Apulia, Liuzzi, like many auto racing drivers, began his career in kart racing (at age 9). He won the 1993 Italian Karting Championship, and in 1995 took second in the Karting World Championship and placed fifth in the European Championship. He won the Karting World Championship in 2001. He beat Formula One champion Michael Schumacher at Kerpen, Schumacher's 'home' track.[3]

Formula Renault, F3 and F3000

Liuzzi driving for the Red Bull Junior Team at the Hungary round of the 2003 International Formula 3000 season.

Liuzzi then moved to cars, finishing second in the 2001 German Formula Renault Championship. Racing in the German Formula Three Championship, however, he scored only ninth place. That same year he did win the San Marino International F3 race and had test drives for the Coloni Formula 3000 team and Williams, the Formula One constructor.[4] Red Bull hired Liuzzi for the 2003 F3000 season, in which he finished fourth. He moved to the Arden team for the following F3000 season, where he won seven of the ten races, securing the title with one race left.[5]

Formula One (2005 - present)

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Winter 2004 Formula One speculation

Liuzzi's performance in Formula 3000 led to speculation that Ferrari might employ him,[6] either as a test driver at their Formula One team, or at Sauber, the Formula One team that Ferrari had a close association with as its longtime engine supplier. He did have a test drive with Sauber in September 2004,[7] but shortly before he tested they announced they had signed former world champion Jacques Villeneuve to a two-year contract.[8] In November 2004 Liuzzi was given a test drive by Red Bull, who hired him for 2005 in January.[9]

Red Bull Racing

Liuzzi driving the third Red Bull Racing car during practice for the 2005 British Grand Prix

Initially it seemed that he might be given the seat along with David Coulthard, but Red Bull chose Christian Klien,[10] leaving Liuzzi as the test driver. Despite good performances by Klien in the first three races, Red Bull abided by an agreement they made before the season that both he and Liuzzi would be able to race. Liuzzi would replace Klien for the San Marino, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Liuzzi scored his maiden point on his debut after both BAR drivers were disqualified at San Marino. Following the Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco, he was given one more race at the European Grand Prix, before his seat was returned to Klien for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso

Liuzzi driving the Toro Rosso STR1 during the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix.

Following Red Bull's purchase of the Minardi team (renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso: Team Red Bull in Italian), Liuzzi was rewarded with a full-season seat in the "B-team".[11] At the United States Grand Prix, he scored the team's first point, with an eighth place finish after a race-long battle with Coulthard and Nico Rosberg. However, that was the only point the team would score in 2006.

Liuzzi driving for STR at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Liuzzi was confirmed with the team for the 2007 season at the launch of the STR2 on 13 February 2007.[12] Unfortunately, during the first half of his season his races were plagued by mistakes similar to his former team mate's. He seemed likely to score his first points of the season at Canada, but instead he crashed into the infamous "Wall of Champions" at the exit of the final chicane. He also faced constant speculation over keeping his seat, as the team openly courted both Sebastian Vettel and Champcar series champion Sebastian Bourdais. His team mate Scott Speed claimed Red Bull wanted to replace both himself and Liuzzi.[13]Once Bourdais' contract for 2008 was announced, Liuzzi's performances improved. After being denied a world championship point in Japan by to a post-race time penalty, he drove what many consider the best race of his Formula 1 career in China. Narrowly missing out on Q3 by qualifying 11th, he gained three places at the start, then overtook Mark Webber of the 'works' Red Bull team, as well as the BMW of Nick Heidfeld. Throughout the race he kept pace with 5th-placed Jenson Button's Honda, and held off a late charge from Heidfeld to finish 6th and collect three points.[citation needed]

Force India (2009 - Present)

Liuzzi driving for Force India at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix.

On 10 August 2007 Toro Rosso confirmed that Sébastien Bourdais would drive for them in 2008, leaving Liuzzi without a seat.[14] Liuzzi's manager, former Lotus boss Peter Collins, confirmed that Liuzzi wished to continue his involvement in F1.[15] He had been linked to a test drive role with Williams, but it eventually went to Nico Hülkenberg.[16] He then secured the role of test driver for the Force India F1 team on 10 January 2008.[17] Liuzzi stated he hoped to move up to a race seat in 2010 as he is contracted until 2011, but the contracts of his teammates Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella would not expire until the end of 2009.[18]

On 3 September 2009, Force India released Fisichella so he could replace Luca Badoer at Ferrari, who had filled in for two races for injured driver Felipe Massa. On 7 September 2009, Force India announced that Liuzzi would drive for them in the remaining five races of the 2009 Formula One season. He made his race debut for Force India at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix and qualified an impressive seventh, given the fact he started the race with a heavier fuel load than his younger teammate Sutil. He was running solidly in the points, before retiring after 22 laps with a transmission problem.

On 27 November 2009 Force India announced that it kept Adrian Sutil and Liuzzi as drivers for 2010.

Liuzzi achieved his first-points scoring finish since the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix in the season-opening 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. He finished ninth in the race, picking up two points due to the introduction of a new points-system in Formula One in 2010.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup GM Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Formula Renault 2000 Germany 8 1 1 3 4 139 2nd
2002 German Formula Three Opel Team BSR 18 0 2 0 3 25 9th
French Formula Three 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Italian Formula Three 1 1 1  ? 1 9 8th
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix Team Kolles Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2003 International Formula 3000 Red Bull Junior Team F3000 10 0 1 0 2 39 4th
World Series by Nissan RC Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 2 25th
2004 International Formula 3000 Arden International 10 7 9 3 9 86 1st
2005 Formula One Red Bull Racing 4 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2006 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 0 0 0 0 1 19th
2007 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 0 0 0 0 3 18th
2008–09 Speedcar Series UP Team 9 3 1 4 5 45 3rd
A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Italy 4 0 1 0 0 7 16th
2009 Formula One Force India F1 Team 5 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2010 Formula One Force India F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0 2* 9th*

* Season in progress.
As Liuzzi was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup results

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2001 GM Motorsport MOZ
BRN
MAG
SIL
ZOL
HUN
SPI
NÜR
18
JAR
EST
56th 0

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2003 Red Bull Junior Team F3000 IMO
4
CAT
Ret
A1R
4
MON
Ret
NUR
2
MAG
4
SIL
3
HOC
4
HUN
9
MNZ
4
4th 39
2004 Arden International IMO
1
CAT
1
MON
1
NUR
11
MAG
1
SIL
1
HOC
1
HUN
2
SPA
2
MNZ
1
1st 86

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2005 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 V10 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
TD
SMR
8
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
9
CAN
USA
FRA
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
BEL
TD
BRA
TD
JPN
TD
CHN
TD
24th 1
2006 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0
V10 14 Series
BHR
11
MAL
11
AUS
Ret
SMR
14
EUR
Ret
ESP
15
MON
10
GBR
13
CAN
13
USA
8
FRA
13
GER
10
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
14
CHN
10
JPN
14
BRA
16
19th 1
2007 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
14
MAL
17
BHR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
17
FRA
Ret
GBR
16
EUR
Ret
HUN
Ret
TUR
15
ITA
17
BEL
12
JPN
9
CHN
6
BRA
13
18th 3
2009 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4L V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA
Ret
SIN
14
JPN
14
BRA
11
ABU
15
22nd 0
2010 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 BHR
9
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
9th* 2*

* Season in progress.

Personal

In addition to his native Italian, Liuzzi speaks English and French. He is also known for his piercings: presently three, in his left upper ear, left eyebrow and left lower ear.

References

  1. ^ Liuzzi's year of birth is a matter of dispute. Some sources such as the FORIX Formula 1 database and www.formula1news.it [1] nominate it as 1980, whereas other sources such as Liuzzi's official website [2] and www.f1db.com [3] identify it as 1981.
  2. ^ Force India Confirm Liuzzi Planet-F1.com 7 September 2009
  3. ^ Schumi returns to kart roots. BBC News, 28 October 2001
  4. ^ Italians get Williams chance". BBC News, 6 November 2002
  5. ^ Liuzzi claims F3000 title". BBC News, 28 August 2004
  6. ^ Ferrari 'seek Liuzzi deal'". BBC News, 28 July 2004
  7. ^ Liuzzi given Sauber chance. BBC News, 2 September 2004
  8. ^ http://xserve2.com/ns/ns13501.html - GrandPrix.com. "Sauber announces Villeneuve deal" 15 September 2004.
  9. ^ Red Bull take on Liuzzi and Klien. BBC News, 5 January 2005
  10. ^ Red Bull name Klien second driver. BBC News, 13 January 2005
  11. ^ Toro Rosso confirm Liuzzi and Speed". NewsOnF1, December 6, 2005
  12. ^ "Toro Rosso confirms Liuzzi but Speed has to wait". grandprix.com. 2007-02-13. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns18035.html. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  13. ^ "Speed says Toro Rosso want rid of him and Liuzzi". uk.reuters.com. 2007-07-23. http://uk.reuters.com/article/motorSportsNews/idUKL2389326620070723. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Bourdais signs for Toro Rosso". BBC Sport. 2007-08-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6940058.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  15. ^ "Liuzzi aiming to stay in F1 in 2008". autosport.com. 2007-08-13. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/61508. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  16. ^ "So what happens to Tonio Liuzzi?". grandprix.com. 2007-08-14. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns19522.html. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  17. ^ "Mallya confirms Fisichella at Force India". autosport.com. 2007-01-10. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64588. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  18. ^ English, Steven; Lostia, Michele (2009-04-22). "Liuzzi eyes race return in 2010". autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/74694. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Björn Wirdheim
International Formula 3000 Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Nico Rosberg (GP2)

Simple English

Vitantonio Liuzzi
File:Vitantonio Liuzzi 2010
Nationality Italian
Date of birth 6 August 1981 (1981-08-06) (age 29)
Formula One World Championship career
Races 63
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 26
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2005 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2010 position 15th (21 points)

Vitantonio "Tonio" Liuzzi (born 6 August 1981[1]) is an Italian raceing driver who currently drives for the Force India Formula One team.[2] He has homes in Lugano, Switzerland[1] and Pescara, Italy.

Contents

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup GM Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Formula Renault 2000 Germany 8 1 1 3 4 139 2nd
2002 German Formula Three Opel Team BSR 18 0 2 0 3 25 9th
French Formula Three 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Italian Formula Three 1 1 1  ? 1 9 8th
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix Team Kolles Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2003 International Formula 3000 Red Bull Junior Team F3000 10 0 1 0 2 39 4th
World Series by Nissan RC Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 2 25th
2004 International Formula 3000 Arden International 10 7 9 3 9 86 1st
2005 Formula One Red Bull Racing 4 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2006 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 0 0 0 0 1 19th
2007 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 0 0 0 0 3 18th
2008–09 Speedcar Series UP Team 9 3 1 4 5 45 3rd
A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Italy 4 0 1 0 0 7 16th
2009 Formula One Force India F1 Team 5 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2010 Formula One Force India F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 21 15th

* Season in progress.
As Liuzzi was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2003 Red Bull Junior Team F3000 IMO
4
CAT
Ret
A1R
4
MON
Ret
NUR
2
MAG
4
SIL
3
HOC
4
HUN
9
MNZ
4
4th 39
2004 Arden International IMO
1
CAT
1
MON
1
NUR
11
MAG
1
SIL
1
HOC
1
HUN
2
SPA
2
MNZ
1
1st 86

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2005 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 Cosworth TJ2005 3.0 L V10 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
TD
SMR
8
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
9
CAN
USA
FRA
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
BEL
TD
BRA
TD
JPN
TD
CHN
TD
24th 1
2006 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR1 Cosworth TJ2006 3.0 L V10 14 Series BHR
11
MAL
11
AUS
Ret
SMR
14
EUR
Ret
ESP
15
MON
10
GBR
13
CAN
13
USA
8
FRA
13
GER
10
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
14
CHN
10
JPN
14
BRA
16
19th 1
2007 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
14
MAL
17
BHR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
17
FRA
Ret
GBR
16
EUR
Ret
HUN
Ret
TUR
15
ITA
17
BEL
12
JPN
9
CHN
6
BRA
13
18th 3
2009 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 L V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA
Ret
SIN
14
JPN
14
BRA
11
ABU
15
22nd 0
2010 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 L V8 BHR
9
AUS
7
MAL
Ret
CHN
Ret
ESP
15
MON
9
TUR
13
CAN
9
EUR
16
GBR
11
GER
16
HUN
13
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* Season in progress.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tonio Liuzzi". Vitantonio Liuzzi. http://www.liuzzi.com/#/about-tonio. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. "Force India Confirm Liuzzi". Planet-F1.com. 365 Media Group Ltd. 2009-09-07. http://www.planet-f1.com/story/0,18954,3213_5542381,00.html. 

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