Brazilian GP - Toro Rosso Ferrari - Race
Tonio Liuzzi started the Brazilian Grand Prix from 14th position on the grid and took the chequered flag one position higher. It was a difficult final race for Liuzzi with the Toro Rosso Ferrari team as he and Giancarlo Fisichella
made contact early on and Liuzzi was unable to make further progress. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel ran just inside the top ten from 13th position on the grid before a hydraulic issue ended his day.
“The first corner here is always difficult. I saw Giancarlo lock up the wheels and go straight and I expected him to miss the corner, so I went down the inside but he came back and clipped my nose and that ruined my race, as I had to pit. Then, for the first stint I was struggling as I think front wing debris went under the car and it was really undrivable. In the last two stints I was quite strong, but coming back from last, the race was over for me. A shame, as I was in a positive frame of mind about this race before the start. Now, I am looking forward to my future and I hope to know where that future is quite soon.”
“I had to retire with a hydraulic problem on the car. First I lost the gear shift and then the power steering.
Up to that point I think I was very competitive and the last few races have shown we are getting better, also in the dry here. So that is positive, even if retiring from the final race is disappointing. I loved the fantastic atmosphere here with this incredible crowd.”
“In the early stages, Sebastian was running at a good pace. Unfortunately, Tonio had a collision with Fisichella and lost the front wing. Later on he too ran a good race. The second half of this season, especially Fuji and Shanghai showed an improvement in performance. We have finished seventh in the Constructors’ and this is what counts. From tomorrow, we start preparing for the 2008 season. I also want to thank Tonio after his last race for us. Especially in the last few races, he produced a very good performance and everyone at Toro Rosso wishes him all the best for the future. I would also like to congratulate our engine supplier, Ferrari, for today’s Championship win.”
Source Toro Rosso Ferrari