Despite having a valid contract to drive for Force India in 2011, Vitantonio Liuzzi has found himself dumped by the team in favour of its reserve driver, Paul di Resta, for the upcoming season.
With no word yet if a settlement has been arranged to compensate the Italian for breaking his contract, the move has effectively his career in tatters, unless he can quickly find a drive. But the only seat left is that one alongside Narain Karthikeyan at Hispania Racing.
And that seems to be exactly the direction where Liuzzi’s management team
and the Force India lawyers are looking, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Diario AS claims that Liuzzi’s manager – and former Lotus team principal – Peter Collins is trying to source the required budget to secure the second race seat. The Spanish team has gone on the record to state that an amount of at least €10 million in backing is required from the second driver to get the role.
We have also speculated the, as part of any settlement to Liuzzi for sacking him, Force India might be required to fund that placement themselves as part of a contract settlement.
Another option for Liuzzi could be via the courts, where he could apply for an injunction to stop the team from any activity without it respecting his contract. The move could effectively (if left unresolved for too long) block the team from participating in any pre-season testing, or even the opening rounds of the championship.
Hell may hath no fury like a sacked F1 driver…
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