Vinantonio Liuzzi is still angry at Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger claiming that it was his fault that Liuzzi was left without a drive at the end of last year.
Liuzzi drove for Toro Rosso during the 2007 season however a disagreement with the management saw his contract dropped with the team signing Sebastien Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais for the 2008 season. Liuzzi eventually found a race-seat with Force India, although he claims that he had plenty of offers of drives on other series.
“I have alternatives,â€ Liuzzi claimed. “A new NASCAR team offered me to race in the Busch series, I could have had a couple of Champ Car tests, but I preferred to concentrate on the Force India programme, even if only as a test driver – that’s because the potential of this team is big, and I count on being back in a racing role in the medium term.
“After all, if I found myself without a drive at the end of 2007, it was most of all the fault of Gerhard Berger, who has never been a fan of mine, just like Adrian Newey, who in the past blocked my arrival as a regular Red Bull driver.
“F1 is a strange world, where the way you’re perceived can change very quickly. When I won the F3000 title everyone was looking for me, they’d say I was the driver of the future, but things later turned for the worse. Let’s not forget that Toro Rosso is not Red Bull, but it’s rather Minardi with a new ownership. I’m sorry to have left the Red Bull orbit most of all for Dietrich Mateschitz, who has always believed in me. I can’t say the same about others.”
“Now it’s important for me to give my technical help to Force India – now they work in three wind tunnels, while there wasn’t the money to even work in one beforehand. My role is a proper test driver one, as is de la Rosa’s at McLaren and Badoer’s at Ferrari.
“But I can’t hide from the fact that I want to get back to racing. I’ve received a proposal from Peugeot to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It interests me because in 2008 I nevertheless want to keep myself in the racing spirit, I don’t want to just test. But for 2009 I accepted this role most of all because there are concrete possibilities to get back to be a proper race driver.”