With back-to-back points’ finishes for Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi, the Italian hailed his first race in Australia since 2007 as the perfect result after a strong performance.

Starting from 13th on the grid, Tonio took advantage of others’ mistakes to finish in 7th place by the flag fall.

"Another great race and another great result for the team,” the former F3000 champion said. “It’s a confirmation of the pace we showed in Bahrain and the work the team did over the winter.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi

He added: "We worked hard all weekend for this seventh place and it’s a brilliant result at the end of what was a crazy race.

"At the beginning of the race on the intermediate tyres we were struggling a little and lost a few positions but after I pitted for the dry tyres I was able to recover and stay on the race pace.

"Towards the end of the race the rear tyres were going off a lot as I had been on them for a long time, but it was just enough to hold onto the position. I think it was another perfect weekend and now we can look forward to Malaysia."

Vitantonio’s team-mate Adrian Sutil retired after 12 laps with a Mercedes-Benz engine problem.

A shame for Adrian, but points are just around the corner for him!

[Original image via GP Update]

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