Liuzzi Announced As Second Hispania Driver

Tonio Liuzzi, who was dropped by Force India at the end of last season, will partner Narain Karthikeyan at Hispania Racing for 2011.

This confirmation from the Spanish team means that the line-up of the F1 grid for this season is  finally complete.

Liuzzi will be in the new F111 during the final pre-season test in Barcelona this week, and will make his race debut for the team in Australia at the end of the month.

“I am really happy to have signed this agreement with Hispania Racing,” said the Italian. “I never lost hope to be in Formula One as I knew I have the experience and the right attributes for a young and ambitious team.

“I face a new challenge now and this excites me. I also face a lot of hard work in guiding Hispania Racing through the development of our new car. I am extremely grateful to José Ramon Carabante and to Colin Kolles for giving me such an opportunity”.

Colin Kolles, the Hispania team principal, has worked the Liuzzi before, and is said to hold the driver in high regard. “I have known Tonio for many years as he raced with me in lower categories,” he said. “He is a very professional driver who will bring a lot of benefits to the Team.

“I am convinced about his skills to develop a car and his speed. He has shown this in the past having contributed to a large extend developing and moving a back grid car to the front. I had the pleasure of working with him and I am very happy and proud to have him racing with Hispania Racing.”