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 Vitantonio Liuzzi staged one of his most impressive drives in Koreacut 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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