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Vitantonio Liuzzi

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Vitantonio Liuzzi
Nationality: 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Car number: 20
Team: Toro Rosso
Races: 19
Championships: 0
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Poles: 0
Fastest laps: 0
First race: 2005 San Marino Grand Prix
Last race: 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last season: 2006
Last position: 19th (1 pt)


Vitantonio Liuzzi (born 6 August 1981 in Locorotondo) is an Italian Formula One driver, who drives for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Karting

Liuzzi was born in Locorotondo, Italy, and like most auto racing drivers, began his career in kart racing in 1991. Highlights of his early career include winning the 1993 Italian Karting Championship, and in 1995, taking second place in the World Karting Championship and fifth place in the European Karting Championship. His karting career culminated in winning the 2001 World Karting Championship, beating Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in one race.

Formula Renault, Three and 3000

Liuzzi then moved on to cars; he raced in the 2001 German Formula Renault Championship, finishing second. Racing in the German Formula 3 Championship, he managed only ninth place overall. However, in that year he won the San Marino international Formula 3 race and had test drives for the Coloni Formula 3000 team and Williams, the Formula One constructor. Coloni took Liuzzi on board for the 2003 Formula 3000 season in which he finished fourth overall. He moved to the Arden team for the following Formula 3000 season. There, he dominated, winning seven of the ten races, and taking the title with one race left.

Formula One

Luizzi driving the Toro Rosso STR01 during the formation lap for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix.

Liuzzi's form in Formula 3000 led to speculation that Ferrari might want to employ him, either as a test driver at their Formula One team, or at Sauber, the Formula One team with whom they are closely associated. Indeed, he had a test drive with Sauber in September, 2004, but ultimately lost out on a race seat to Jacques Villeneuve. In November, 2004 he was given another test drive, this time with Red Bull. This led to him joining Red Bull for 2005. Initially it seemed that he might be given the race seat alongside David Coulthard, but the team favoured Christian Klien, leaving Liuzzi with the position of test driver. Despite Klien's good performances in the first three races of the season, Red Bull abided by an agreement they made with Liuzzi and Klien before the season that they would both have a chance to race. They announced that Liuzzi would replace Klien for the San Marino, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Liuzzi impressed, scoring his maiden point on his debut after both BAR drivers were disqualified from the San Marino race. After the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix he was given another race at the European Grand Prix, before his seat was handed back to Klien for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Following Red Bull's purchase of the Minardi team (renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso or Team Red Bull in Italian), Liuzzi was rewarded with a race seat in the 'B-team.' At the United States Grand Prix, he scored the team's first, and so far only point, with an eighth place finish after a race-long battle with Coulthard and Nico Rosberg.

Complete Formula One results

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Team WDC Points
2005 Red Bull AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BAH
TD
SAN
8
SPA
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
9
CAN
DNP
USA
DNP
FRA
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
BEL
TD
BRA
TD
JAP
TD
CHI
TD
Red Bull 24th 1
2006 Toro Rosso BAH
11
MAL
11
AUS
Ret
SAN
14
EUR
Ret
SPA
15
MON
10
GBR
13
CAN
13
USA
8
FRA
13
DEU
10
HUN
Ret
TUR
Ret
ITA
14
CHN
10
JPN
14
BRA
16
Toro Rosso 19th 1


Before: Björn Wirdheim
Title: International Formula 3000 Champion
Years: 2004
After: 2005 GP2 champion was Nico Rosberg


Personal

  • Previously lived in Hemel Hempstead, England where he shared an apartment with Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien.
  • Liuzzi has three piercings his left upper ear, left eyebrow and left lower ear.
  • His manager is the former Lotus boss Peter Collins.

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