• Turkish Grand Prix

Force India vows to solve Liuzzi's problems

ESPNF1 Staff
May 31, 2010 « Petrov puts puncture down to bad luck | »
Tonio Liuzzi runs wide at the start of the race © Getty Images
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Force India has vowed to work hard over the next two weeks to solve Tonio Liuzzi's set-up problems, which saw him fail to make the second session of qualifying in Turkey and finish the race a lap behind the leaders.

Liuzzi struggled for rear grip at the Spanish Grand Prix but appeared to solve his problems at Monaco with a strong ninth-place finish. However, the handling issues again dogged his weekend in Turkey and he failed to extract the best from his car, while team-mate Adrian Sutil finished ninth.

"It was a long race, but we knew we would have a difficult one after the qualifying yesterday," said Liuzzi. "We realised that we are struggling with the car and I still don't have the grip. I tried to push hard at the beginning with the strategy but in the end we knew it would be a big job as when you don't have the right grip it's tough. We finished 13th on the road, but the pace was not too bad, particularly at the end. We now need to work back at the factory to understand why it's happening so I can get back in the points again."

Team boss Vijay Mallya said solving Liuzzi's handling problems would be a priority ahead of the next grand prix.

"Tonio has had a hard weekend and we really need to understand why he's not getting the grip he needs to be able to regain his earlier season form," Mallya said. "That will be the focus for next week so when we get to Canada we can have a chance at another double points finish. We've also got some work to do on our SRW (Switchable Rear Wing/F-duct) and when we do, I hope we'll be mixing it again with the top end."