Vitantonio Liuzzi has perhaps gone some way to silencing his critics – well at least, temporarily – by qualifying a superb sixth for the Canadian Grand Prix, three places ahead of his more-fancied team-mate Adrian Sutil.
Part of the credit may well go towards a new chassis provided to the Italian – whose best finish in Canada was a 13th place in 2006 – after updates to his earlier chassis caused him huge problems at the last round in Turkey.
Having the team’s test and reserve driver Paul di Resta hovering in the background may also have provided Liuzzi with a little extra impetus, as a groundswell of support for the Scot to be given a permanent race seat continues to grow.
However, concentrating on the matter at hand, a thrilled Liuzzi exclaimed: “It’s good to be back in business after Turkey! We understood a lot of things from there and also Monaco and pushed really hard to make things better.
“We changed the chassis and brought some new updates that we tested on Friday and then this morning and, so far, everything is great,” he continued.
“P6 is a good position to be in but it won’t be easy tomorrow as the tyre wear will be high and I think it will make for a really crazy race.
“This circuit seems to suit us well, with our aero package and setup, and we’ve seen a big step forward. It’s a great team effort and if Adrian and I can both finish in the points tomorrow it would make a brilliant reward for the hard work we’ve done over the past few weeks,” he concluded.
A strong result will be exactly what the doctor ordered for Tonio.
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