The Force India test driver was working with a 2009 aero configuration, with a lot less downforce in his car, but with the new slicks introduced by Bridgestone for this test.
Liuzzi, who did not try the slicks in their first test at Jerez, said he was amazed by their performance. “It’s been amazing, because I didn’t expect the tire to be so strong,” Liuzzi told autosport.com at Barcelona. “I think they brought a softer compound compared to what they used in the previous test and they are amazing for the first two laps. “We were running with the 2009 configuration with a lot less downforce. I think it’s 40% (less downforce). We took away floor, sidepods, bodywork, everything.”
Liuzzi had last driven on slicks back in 2004, when he was racing in F3000. The Italian said running with the current grooved tires and 2009 downforce levels was almost impossible. “When we drove with the grooved tires it was impossible,” he said. “But with the slick tires we made really good progress. “But they are a bit too soft because after three laps they were gone and it was really difficult to drive.
“It was a really good feeling. With so much grip it was like going back to go-karts. I enjoyed it.”
Ferrari “Keeping Feet on the Ground” – Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says the Maranello team are keeping their feet on the ground despite their two consecutive victories.
The Italian squad endured a torrid start to the season in Australia, but fought back in Malaysia and won again in Bahrain, where Felipe Massa led teammate Kimi Raikkonen for their first one-two of the year.
Ferrari are now one point behind BMW in the standings, with McLaren a further point back. But despite their current form, Domenicali says his team are working as hard as ever ahead of next week’s Spanish Grand Prix. “The real Ferrari is not the one we’ve seen at the Australian GP. The team reacted immediately and has shown the great potential of our package, which is extremely competitive,” Domenicali told Ferrari’s website.
“Having said that, we have to be aware. We’re approaching the Spanish GP with a maximum effort, keeping our feet on the ground: we were not depressed after the first race and we are not euphoric after Bahrain.
“We need absolute motivation and we are aware of the fact that our competitors are getting better. We need the best Ferrari with the best drivers, the best engineers and the best mechanics to fight them on the track.”