Liuzzi set to contest Italian touring car series

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) HRT Formula 1 Team on the drivers parade. Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday 24 July 2011.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Mar.19 (GMM) F1 refugee Vitantonio Liuzzi has re-emerged on the grid of the Italian touring car series Superstars after being axed from HRT.

Despite having a 2012 contract, the 30-year-old Italian lost his race seat at the struggling Spanish team HRT for this year to the well-backed Indian Narain Karthikeyan.

So, in 2012, he will race a Mercedes C63 AMG – which he tested last week at Monza – in the Maurizio Flammini-organised Superstars series.

Also on the grid will be former F1 drivers Christian Fittipaldi, Mika Salo, Gianni Morbidelli and Johnny Herbert.

“I’m persuaded that Superstars is a great choice to open yourself to other categories than F1,” said Liuzzi.

The season begins in April at Monza, then moving on to Imola, Donington, Mugello, the Hungaroring, Spa, Portimao, Vallelunga and Sentul (Indonesia).

Since 2005, Liuzzi also raced in F1 with Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India.

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