Tonio Liuzzi says that while beating Team Lotus could be the ultimate goal for this season, it is not an “easy target.”
After 11 races, Team Lotus are leading the battle of the newcomers, ahead of HRT by virtue of one extra P13 result. And although it may not seem like a major task achieving a P13, for F1’s backmarkers it is a feat that does not happen all that often.
“We would love to be ahead of Team Lotus but it is not an easy target, especially if you look at where we started in Australia,” the Italian said.
“But we are on the same points and have half a season to improve and try and achieve a better position in the Constructors’ Championship. We are following the right path and are in the right place.
“The main focus is to keep on growing and try and consolidate a solid structure. We must focus on the 2012 season but without leaving 2011 aside.
“We still have quite a few races ahead in which to try and beat our direct rivals. It is not an easy target but we are fighters and will keep on pushing.”
But whether or not HRT take 10th place off Team Lotus, Liuzzi reckons 2011 has been a successful season by the newcomer’s standards.
“I already consider it a successful season but if we could achieve our biggest target of finishing 10th in the Constructors’ Championship, then that would be perfect.
“But we have to be realistic and continue pushing to show that we are competitive. We have to improve our pace compared to the leaders from now until the end of the season.”
Full Q&A with Tonio Liuzzi