Force India test and reserve driver Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi has signed to race for the Italian team in the open wheeler championship A1GP.

Force India test and reserve driver Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi has signed to race for the Italian team in the open wheeler championship A1GP.

The 27-year-old's debut in the series will take place this weekend in Portugal. The next round in the UK does not clash with the F1 calendar, but the May 24 finale in Mexico takes place on the same weekend as the Monaco grand prix.

With the ever-tightening restrictions on track testing in formula one, Liuzzi said he is "really looking forward" to returning to racing.

"Racing is the thing I like to do most," he said. "I am pleased that Vijay Mallya and Force India agreed to release me for these races so I can feel the adrenalin of a race atmosphere again."

A1 Team Italy would not confirm if Liuzzi will be available to race in Mexico.

Liuzzi has contested 39 grands prix, most recently for Toro Rosso in 2007.

 

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