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HRT Confirm Liuzzi for 2011

HRT have confirmed that Vitantonio Liuzzi will join the team as their second driver for the 2011 season. Liuzzi who lost his drive at Force India at the end of the 2010 season said: "I am really happy to have signed this agreement with Hispania Racing. I never lost hope to be in Formula 1 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." The Italian driver who tested for the Spanish team at last month's pre-season tests in Barcelona, will drive alongside HRT's other newly signed driver, Narain Karthikeyan. "I am extremely grateful to Jose Ramon Carabante and to Colin Kolles for giving me such an opportunity." Liuzzi added Colin Kolles believes that Liuzzi's F1 experience will bring a lot to the HRT team as they continue to develop and try to close the gap to the established teams' pace. "I have known Tonio for many years as he raced with me in lower categories," said Kolles. "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 extent developing and moving a back of the 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." HRT also confirmed today that they will unveil its 2011 car, the F111 on Friday in Barcelona. Image ©Andrew Hone

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