Vitantonio Liuzzi plans to now stick with the chassis that he thinks has helped him make a fresh start to the Formula 1 career. The Italian found his season transformed by a new car that he used at the Canadian Grand Prix – helping him to the best grid position of his season in Montreal after several recent struggles in qualifying.
With his confidence high after Canada, and Force India introducing a new front wing, aero updates and suspension tweaks for this weekend's race in Valencia, Liuzzi is upbeat about his potential.
"I feel that Canada was another start for me and for sure I will be pushing like crazy to keep that level of performance going," said Liuzzi. "I will stick with the chassis I used in Canada from now on, because it is working well in the corners.
"I have always believed that we had the potential to finish in the points and I have always believed in myself and the team has really supported me so it's not like we've done anything new – we've just really focused on getting the whole package together.
"Now it's all come together we're really seeing the results so we all need to concentrate hard and build on the strengths we've developed over the past two weeks. I've been back in the factory again and preparing in the simulator and I feel confident about this next race. Looking forward, Valencia is another track that could suit us quite well."
Although Liuzzi has never raced at the Valencia circuit before, he thinks he can quickly get up to speed thanks to work that he has undertaken on the team's simulator.
"I've been working hard in the simulator this week and I think we can have a good pace there," he said. "I like street circuits and I can go well on them as I showed in Monaco and Canada. I've also got a bit of a head start there as well as I've been at the last two events and have had access to all of the last years' data, which helps with the preparation.
"The team also did very well there with Adrian and Giancarlo [Fisichella] finishing in the top 12 and it was really where we started being closer to the points. I know it will be tough but we were mixing it with Mercedes and Renault in Canada and, with our new upgrades to the front and the rear of the car, I'm pretty hopeful we can repeat our performance of Montreal – hopefully without the first-lap accident this time."