Q & A with Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi completed 80 trouble-free laps of running with the new Force India at Jerez on Thursday

Q & A with Vitantonio Liuzzi

In an interview with AUTOSPORT afterwards the Italian expressed his optimism for the season ahead after declaring the VJM03 to be a 'real car'.

Q. After a full day's dry running with the new car, have you been able to form a clearer impression?

Vitantonio Liuzzi: I can confirm what we said yesterday, that the car seems to be born well. It reacted well today in terms of reliability, we covered around 80 laps today without any big issues. We did a lot of set-up changes, and tried it in a few different conditions and the car reacted really well. I like this VJM03 because it seems to be a real car, and it responds with a true answer every time we change or try something. So all in all it is positive feedback.

Q. Top speed through the speed traps suggests the car is still strong on aero efficiency, can you feel that in the car?

VL: For sure the aero department worked on the strengths of last year, we saw last year that we had good results because of that on a few occasions. They worked on trying to develop the rest of the car. But this was something that the aero department worked hard to keep this strength really high, and hopefully we will see it working again in a few races this year.

Q. From what we can make of the times it looks like the car is in the ballpark, is it quick enough?

VL: Yes definitely the car has shown very good performance in many different configurations, so we are pretty positive about it. As we've said you cannot really compare with other teams, but for us we achieved everything we wanted to today and now we go ahead with the programme tomorrow.

Q. Would you like to see the car doing some proper long runs before the end of the test?

VL: We did a lot of semi-long runs, we always made more than 10 laps and it looked really positive. Long runs are not something that impress me, we want to see the car go faster and faster and that it fits well with the changes to the settings that we make. That is the most important thing.

Q. Did any of the other cars make any particular impression on you? What did you make of the Ferrari?

VL: I have only been on the track at the same time as them when I was not in a competitive configuration. I didn't see many cars that particularly impressed me, I have to say. I do not mean that we have a winning car, but last year it was clear that the Brawn was a step ahead since the beginning. This year I think there will be a much bigger fight in Bahrain.

Q. And you are confident that the targets you have set for yourself this year are achievable?

VL: Until we go to Bahrain we will not really know, as we always say, but we are optimistic. We will have lots of steps forward coming for the first races, a lot of development, and the team never stops pushing and working in the aero departments. I think the targets we have set are achievable. We are looking forward to Bahrain.

shares
comments
Liuzzi predicts 'big fight' in Bahrain
Previous article

Liuzzi predicts 'big fight' in Bahrain

Next article

Kobayashi hopes podiums are possible

Kobayashi hopes podiums are possible
Load comments
Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Plus

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Plus

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 7, 2021
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021