F1 » Razia caught out by Marussia move

Luiz Razia claims to have been in negotiation with the Marussia F1 team right up to the point where it announced Max Chilton as its second driver for 2013.

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shaken - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 11:24 AM

@ Taz & Taipan

Interesting comments from both you in relation to Niki Lauda. As a F1 fan myself I know of Lauda's famous bank loan cos his father (a supposedly rich businessman) would not support him. Only when he broke his contract at BRM/March to go to Ferrari, did he start making serious money. Of course he very nearly paid the ultimate price in 1976 (when James Hunt won the F1 title) during that fireball accident that so nearly killed him and left his face badly scarred - hence the now even more famous peaky cap to hide it! Anyway its all safer than road cars in F1 now with an unlimited supply of rich kids from a supposedly poor country (that is Brazil).

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

December 19, 2012 11:47 AM

Its very rare that ANY of the guys who make it to F1 do so solely on ability. A rich family is just as important, as most people don't even try karting before they are 18 for example.

You need a lot of cash to parade around the country going racing every weekend, and you cant tell me a 10 year old Senna/Hamilton/Vettel secured themselves a loan or worked for it.

I have it on good authority that Hamilton was not an outstanding kart racer, he simply had more cash and more opportunities than his rivals.

spud - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 11:55 AM

Unlucky luiz but thats the big scary world of F1, chilton will last the year, he may get lucky and get some good results, maybe even catch the eye of another team, but i doubt he'll set the grid alight. I personally think a driver should have a championship under his belt in a junior formula, be it formula renault, gp2, gp3 or whatever before being allowed to race in F1


December 19, 2012 12:04 PM

That 'supposedly poor country' of Brazil is 7th in the world in terms of GDP and that puts it above poorer countries such as the UK, France, Italy, South Korea, Australia and Saudi Arabia. (IMF figures).
The 'world recession' is also a bit of a misnomer as places such as SE Asia and China are certainly not in recession. It is only really the US and Europe that is struggling with recession after the western banking fiasco.

There are still a huge number of very wealthy people in virtually all countries who could fund teams/drivers if they wanted. Problem is, most are so greedy they would prefer to buy their children ludicrously lavish houses rather than support the sport that made then a fortune.

Dylan - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 12:58 PM

Sorry Razia! You got a lot but but a lot what it's needed to be in current F1 grid. A lot of talent isn't needed only if you could exchange your talent for money that would had sealed the deal! No need to be even average driver just exchange talent for money!


December 19, 2012 12:59 PM

I agree 100% with Spud. The FIA should nominate a number of 'wings and slicks' classes as the natural feeders for F1. If you haven't WON a championship in one of these classes then you shouldn't qualify for an F1 license. This would force the F1 teams to seek their revenue from legitimate sponsorship rather than from rich wannabe drivers.

Noitall - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 1:04 PM

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone - you clearly no nothing about Lewis Hamilton's path to fame. He was picked by Ron Dennis to join the Mercedes Maclaren programme based on talent alone following success in kart racing.No money changed hands.
This is as it should be.
This is a problem of teams with no "talent". If a team cannot raise the funds without driver money they should not be on the grid.
A problem of the so called team owner with a big ego that can only be satisfied by a drivers cheque book.

sodesu - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 5:47 PM

Frankly I am at a loss to see how people are so upset that this guy won't get an F1 seat. Have you looked at his CV? He had three years of mediocrity before making any kind of impact in GP2, this season was the first in GP2 he's beaten any of his teammates - and somehow it's deeply unfair he's not instantly hired by an F1 team?

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 6:22 PM

This has always been the case in motorsport. Sterling Moss was once asked the question of "who is the best driver in the world" and his answer was could be anyone from any background but we have the system we have" - "fair or unfair" !!!! - we have to live with it!

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