Toro Rosso Confirm Liuzzi
February 13, 2007 | 7:33 A.M. EST
Scuderia Toro Rosso, the last remaining team to name their driver lineup for the upcoming season, unveiled their 2007 car and plans on Tuesday - well, part of them at least - as they confirmed Vitantonio Liuzzi as one of their two drivers of the new STR2.
However, question marks remain around the second seat at the sophomore team, which last season was occupied by American Scott Speed.
"Everything is fine with Tonio, he's in the car and he's going to drive," said team co-owner Gerhard Berger to Reuters before today's unveiling. "He's also our driver for this year. With Scott we still have some contractual issues to sort out. We are going to see later."
Franz Tost, Team Principal, said the contractual issues were "confidential" when pressed on the subject at the unveiling.
While troubling, this is not a definitive setback for Speed, who last year failed to score a point but had a best finish of ninth at Australia - where the 2007 campaign will begin on March 18.
Unfortunately for the only American driver in Formula One, the team is ready to wait until the final moment if the two sides cannot reach an agreement.
"We will have to discuss it for as long as it takes. It could be in a matter of a few days, or it could be a matter of a few weeks," said Berger. "It is going to take as long as necessary, and it could be as late as Melbourne. But (Scott) is in pole position for the seat."