Formula One Fantasy - HRTs Vitantonio Liuzzi 16 Sep 2011
At 31, Vitantonio Liuzzi still has plenty hed like to achieve in Formula One racing, including scoring HRTs first world championship points, finishing on the podium for the first time and competing for the world championship.
But above and beyond his own career ambitions, Liuzzi has a pretty defined wish list, including teaming up with Fernando Alonso to drive a JPS Lotus around Imola and dining out with Nigel Mansell, Adrian Newey, Colin Kolles and Gilles Villeneuve
Q: You must choose a city for a new Formula One street circuit - which city, anywhere in the world, do you choose, and why?
Vitantonio Liuzzi: Las Vegas, because it is a wonderful city with a great vibe and a beautiful atmosphere. Its also important to believe in luck!
Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
VL: Ayrton Senna. Because he is the number-one driver in the history of Formula One and any driver should learn from him.
Q: Formula One innovations of the past - ground effect, active suspension, turbocharging, six wheels, the list goes on. If you could bring back one past innovation, what would it be and why?
VL: If I had a say I would say all of them! I think Formula One should have no limits on its evolution.
Q: What innovations would you like to see in the future?
VL: Stronger engines. The roaring sound should be the business card of Formula One.
Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life - which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
VL: Now and forever, Spa!
Q: Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Tyrrell and March are just some of the teams that have departed the sport. Which former team would you most liked to have raced with and why?
VL: Alfa Romeo - because it has made motorsport history.
Q: You have to design a new F1 circuit, combining all your favourite corners from other tracks around the world. Which three corners are top of your list and why?
VL: Swimming Pool (Monaco), Pouhon (Spa) and Acque Minerali (Imola)
Q: You can travel back in time and compete in any decade of Formula One racing, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Which decade would you choose and why?
VL: The 1980s. Racing must have been so exciting in those days.
Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
VL: None. I am pretty satisfied with how it goes now.
Q: If you could pick two Formula One greats of the past (from different eras) to watch race against each other, whom would you pick?
VL: Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio. Two charismatic hard-headed men in one team - incredible!
Q: If you were a team boss, which current driver would you pick first for your team (excluding yourself and your current team mate)?
VL: Fernando Alonso - without any doubt.
Q: Just 19 of the worlds motor racing circuits feature on the current F1 calendar. You can add one more. Which circuit do you pick and why?
VL: Imola, because it is a beautiful circuit to race on - and the region is full of history and great food.
Q: You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
VL: Nigel Mansell, Adrian Newey, Colin Kolles and Gilles Villeneuve. I guess that would make a very interesting conversation.
Q: You are given the chance to drive any legendary Formula One car of the past (excluding those made by your own team). Which car would you choose?
VL: A JPS Lotus.
Q: Rooftop swimming pool, bowling alley, revolving sushi bar just some of the features most F1 motorhomes dont possess. If you could add one thing to your teams motorhome, what would it be?
VL: Oh yes, a swimming pool, because after a race - especially a really hot one - you would feel much better after diving into a pool.
Q: Imagine you have just won the world title. Where would you go for your celebratory meal and what would choose from the menu?
VL: Mykonos - in the company of all my friends and champagne.
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