Force India: Vitantonio Liuzzi to replace Fisichella 

Written by David on September 07th, 2009 at 1:02 pmLast Update: September 07th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Vitantonio LiuzziThe Force India F1 Team announced this morning that test and reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will assume driving duties of car number 21 from next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, following Fisichella’s switch to Ferrari.

The 28-year-old Italian has fulfilled the team’s crucial test, reserve driver and development role from the start of the 2008 season.

“I’m delighted to give Tonio the opportunity to get back into a race seat, which I know he has been itching to do for the past two years,” said team owner, Vijay Mallya. “Force India is now in a very competitive position and we need a driver who can continue this momentum. This will be the chance for Tonio to demonstrate to both the team and the field that he has the commitment, speed and professionalism to perform and I am sure he will seize this opportunity.”

“I can’t wait to get back into the car in race trim, particularly at my home Grand Prix in Monza,” commented Liuzzi. “I really appreciate the opportunity Vijay has given me, particularly now Force India now has a great car that’s performing very well. I am confident I can carry on our progress. I’m very motivated, I’m in good shape and hungry to get some more points on the board. Although it’s unfortunate that this came about as an direct result of Felipe’s accident, this is my opportunity to show people what I can do and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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