Vitantonio Liuzzi Sumar
Born on August 6th 1981, Vitantonio Liuzzi had a most impressive rise through the ranks to Formula One. At the age of ten the Italian began his karting career spending the next decade in various karting categories before moving to Formula Renault in 2001. Liuzzi finished second in the championship, an impressive feat given that it was his first season in single-seaters.
2002 was a busy year for Liuzzi who tested with BMW Williams and competed in the German
Formula 3 championship, claiming three Pole Positions and victory at San Marino. Liuzzi graduated to the F3000 series in 2003 with Coloni motorsport taking top Rookie honours and finishing fourth in the championship. A move to Arden International in 2004 saw Liuzzi really come of age as he claimed no less than nine Pole Positions and seven wins en route to the title.
A winter test with Sauber Petronas followed but it was Red Bull Racing who snapped up the Italian's services following the buyout of what was Jaguar Racing. Liuzzi began the 2005 season as the Friday test driver but at San Marino the team opted to run the Italian alongside David Coulthard. Liuzzi secured the final point at Imola before competing in Spanish, Monaco and European Grand Prix with Klien taking over the seat again in Montreal.
Liuzzi remains a Red Bull driver and is expected to be confirmed at the Austrian energy drink's second team - Squadra Toro Rosso - for the 2006 season where he can build on his four Grand Prix to date.
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