Vitantonio Liuzzi is eyeing a race drive with Force India next season as both Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil's contracts expire at the end of 2009. The Italian is Force India's test and reserve driver, but is hoping to earn a race seat next year for the first time since 2007.
"I'm very confident about it, there are good chances for me to get back to racing in F1 with Force India," Liuzzi told Autosprint
. "I have a contract until 2011, while Fisichella and Sutil's contracts expire at the end of the year."
With testing mileage reduced this season, the team approved Liuzzi's deal with A1GP Team Italy to keep him sharp. He believes his outings in A1GP will help his preparations if a seat becomes available.
"The A1GP program comes from a decision taken together with Force India, in order to keep me trained since in F1 a third driver doesn't have the chance to test anymore. We had also considered GP2, but it wasn't possible.
"A1GP is fine for my aims because it's very competitive, it requires good physical preparation and it also includes pit stops. These are all valid elements to keep me ready for a return to F1 in 2010."