Just over two weeks before the start of the season Hispania has finally confirmed that Tonio Liuzzi will drive alongside Narain Karthikeyan this year.
The news comes as no surprise, and indeed team boss Colin Kolles told this blog recently that there were no other serious candidates.
Liuzzi’s signing will be a boost for a team that has been criticised for taking paying drivers. Both men are due to try to new F111 in Barcelona later this week.
HRT will be Liuzzi’s fourth team after Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India.
“I am really happy to have signed this agreement with Hispania Racing,” said Liuzzi in a team statement. “I never lost hope to be in Formula One 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. I am extremely grateful to José Ramon Carabante and to Colin Kolles for giving me such an opportunity.”
Kolles said: “I have known Tonio for many years as he raced with me in lower categories. 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 extend developing and moving a back 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.”