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Liuzzi handed drive with Hispania Racing

Vitantonio Liuzzi has been handed a drive with the Hispania Racing team, completing the F1 grid for 2011.
Vitantonio Liuzzi has been handed a drive with the Hispania Racing team, completing the F1 grid for 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi will drive for Hispania Racing in the 2011 season
  • Luizzi drove for Force India in 2010 before being released with a year left on his contract
  • Liuzzi will partner Narain Karthikeyan in Hispania's second season in F1
  • The 29-year-old has also driven for Toro Rosso during his Formula One career

(CNN) -- The Hispania Racing Formula One team have confimed that Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi will drive for them in 2011, meaning all the race seats have now been filled for the forthcoming season.

Luizzi -- who drove for Force India from 2008 to 2010 before being released with a year still left on his contract -- will partner Narain Karthikeyan in Hispania's second season in F1.

Prior to that, the 29-year-old raced for Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007, and has twice finished sixth -- in the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix and 2010 Korean Grand Prix.

After testing for the team in Barcelona in February, Liuzzi will again be at the helm of in March's Barcelona tests and will make his debut for the team at the Australian Grand Prix later this month.

I know I have the experience and the right attributes for a young and ambitious team
--Vitantonio Liuzzi
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Hispania principal Colin Kolles told the official team website: "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 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," he continued.

Liuzzi himself added: "I am really happy to have signed this agreement with Hispania Racing. I never lost hope to be in Formula One as I know 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."

Meanwhile, world champion Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The 23-year-old Red Bull driver clocked a time of one minute 21.865 seconds to outpace Sebastien Buemi's Toro Rosso.

It was the second successive day that Red Bull had set the fastest time after Australian Mark Webber went quickest on Tuesday.