After equalling his career-best finish with a run to sixth at the Korean Grand Prix, Vitantonio Liuzzi will have hoped to silence critics who questioned the Italian’s ability to cut it at top-level racing.
The former F3000 champion has had a difficult season with Force India, which have included being eliminated in Q1 on five separate occasions and being summarily outperformed by team-mate Adrian Sutil. This has in turn fuelled rumours that the former Toro Rosso driver would be out of a drive next year.
But Liuzzi – despite more qualifying dramas – drove a hugely impressive race at Yeongyam, not putting a foot wrong to climb to sixth by the end of the race.
A relieved Liuzzi told reporters afterwards: “Today we did everything at the right moment. We were fast in these conditions.
“We are great fighters and we showed that we can be there and fight for a great result. It was a confirmation of the belief that I just needed my luck to change.
“For me, the importance was to confirm my belief that I am not dreaming when I say that I just needed the right circumstances. We didn’t have luck recently, and everything was going wrong in the last events, even though speed was there.”
The result equalled Liuzzi’s sixth-placed finish he earned at the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix driving for Toro Rosso.
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