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A profile of Force India Formula 1 driver Tonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi could struggle to hold on to his place with Force India

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2010 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Bahrain GP 14 Mar 2010 12 9 2 2
Australian GP 28 Mar 2010 13 7 6 8
Malaysian GP 4 Apr 2010 10 20 0 8
Chinese GP 18 Apr 2010 18 23 0 8
Spanish GP 9 May 2010 16 15 0 8
Monaco GP 16 May 2010 10 9 2 10
Turkish GP 30 May 2010 18 13 0 10
Canadian Grand Prix 13 Jun 2010 5 9 2 12
European GP 27 Jun 2010 14 16 0 12
British GP 11 Jul 2010 20 11 0 12
German GP 25 Jul 2010 21 16 0 12
Hungarian GP 1 Aug 2010 16 13 0 12
Belgian GP 29 Aug 2010 12 10 1 13
Italian GP 12 Sep 2010 19 12 0 13
Singapore GP 26 Sep 2010 16 24 0 13
Japanese GP 10 Oct 2010 17 23 0 13
Korean Grand Prix 24 Oct 2010 17 6 8 21
Brazilian GP 7 Nov 2010 16 24 0 21
Abu Dhabi GP 14 Nov 2010 16 24 0 21

"Tonio Liuzzi is a great racing driver but is far from delivering his potential in an F1 car, though some in the paddock remain sure that he is a bona fide superstar in waiting.

"The Italian's season was summed up in Suzuka when he had one of his best starts of the year, only to get smashed to pieces by Felipe Massa's Ferrari. Similarly in Abu Dhabi, he was the one forced to crash into the spinning Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.

"Scot Paul di Resta is knocking on Liuzzi's door and peering over his shoulder as Force India's reserve driver.

"Tonio's days as an F1 driver may be numbered, which is a great shame."


Name three attributes an F1 driver must have

Balls, brains, no fear

What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?

Handling the stress and concentration for a full season.

Formula 1 is not just about the car because…

... the driver needs to cover the weaknesses of the car to complete the package.

If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would…

... go back to the Eighties style and tracks as it's easier now and even untalented people can be there.

If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be…

Seventies or Eighties

Who is your best friend among the drivers?

I have a few good friends but (former Red Bull team-mate) Christian Klien is on top.

Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?

Who ever says good ones?

Describe yourself in a few words.

Committed, determined, cool.

Do you excel at any other sports?

I am quite good in all active sports but best at skiing and soccer.

What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?

Previous teams: Red Bull, Toro Rosso
Nationality: Italian
Born: 6/08/1981, Locorotondo
Grand Prix debut: San Marino 2005

Various road cars but F1 keeps me too busy at the moment.

What is your favourite song and what does it remind you of?

Bonnie and Clyde of Jay-Z for some obvious reason

What's the last book that you read?

Since I left school I haven't read much - I prefer the university of everyday life.

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?

Adrenalin, adrenalin, adrenalin.

What is the biggest perk of the job?

That you drive very fast without getting any fines!

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?

Let's just say every driver wants to be remembered as the greatest driver in the history of F1!

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?

Not really embarrassing but my worst year in motorsport was probably in Formula 3. I had a difficult year. I was racing with a team that didn't really understand me. It was my first year in the championship and I really wanted to push hard and go for results, giving 100% but they wanted me to prepare for the next year. I had potential but they had a different approach.

Who is the worst dressed Formula 1 driver?

I think everyone has their own sense of style. Somehow!

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?


Spa or Monaco?


If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

Soccer player or a skier.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?

For me, it would be Senna.

What would be your perfect day off?

Seeing my friends and family, perhaps on holiday.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

Pescara, Italy, or Mykonos, Greece.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?

Probably my clothes.

What is your favourite item of clothing?

I like Moncler clothes so anything from that range.

What is your favourite music to drive to?

I like R 'n' B.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?

Ayrton Senna - when you read the history he was such an intense person and to get to know him would be a privilege.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know.

Difficult to say: I started skiing competitively when I was younger - I learnt to ski at three years old.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?

Paul Newman.

Boxers or briefs?


Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?

Angelina Jolie.

James Bond or Austin Powers?

James Bond.

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