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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renegade - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 11:16 PM

@noitall Clearly you don't! There were plenty of kids better than lewis but without the backing couldn't afford to carry on. Tried to post some links for proof but they can't be posted, Mark fell was one person who hammered hamilton in every race they had but there were many others. Neither Fell or the others could compete with the massive backing Hamilton had from McLaren and could not afford to continue. This was inn the late 90s and McLaren had invested so much in Hamilton that instead of losing face they invested even more to ensure Lewis came out on top in the end.

Many current F1 faces were in the mix at the same time and to say the cream rose to the top is just wrong, those with money behind them rose up the ranks, not the best.

Dean Dean

December 20, 2012 3:10 AM

'mrfill' seems to forget that even attending an F1 race is but a financial dream for MILLIONS of Brazilian's each year...the fact remains that the country's 2010 census cannot hide the average wage is less than $700 a month. About the price of an extremely low end Silverstone track day ( perhaps a PART of a morning at that ).
You can't hide the wealth that necessitates being 'involved' in F1, you have to have an 'unfair financial advantage' to even consider stepping on the motorsports ladder in the first place. Bleating on about just how unfair this 'sport' is is just plain naive...

Dylan - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 3:38 AM

@renegade if Hamilton isn't good enough what to say about the likes of Grosjean, Button, Webber, Perez and many other who are in F1?!

@Dean you can't compare salaries based in USD because if a country suddenly higher it's currency value does that mean everyone is instantly richer? Take out the pound value and lower it below USD rates and suddenly you got a very poor England!

Dylan - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 3:38 AM

@renegade if Hamilton isn't good enough what to say about the likes of Grosjean, Button, Webber, Perez and many other who are in F1?!

@Dean you can't compare salaries based in USD because if a country suddenly higher it's currency value does that mean everyone is instantly richer? Take out the pound value and lower it below USD rates and suddenly you got a very poor England!

SoCal F1 fan - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 5:17 AM

@renegade, before Hamilton was signed by McLaren in 1998, he had already won the 1995 Super 1 National Cadet Championship, the 1996 Kartmasters British Grand Prix, and the 1997 Super 1 National Formula Yamaha Championship. When you consider that Hamilton is the second youngest world champion in the history of F1 and has won over 26% of the races he's entered, it seems that maybe Ron Dennis saw some actual talent when he signed him.

jl - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 10:26 AM

If you look at the lowewr formulae, you'll find that they are all paying there way into motor racing, F1 is no different. Unfortunately for many, single seaters is so expensive that alot of the talent that could be in F1 have actually been sidelined or are now in sportscars. The actual talent is a lot less now in gp2 than 5 years ago. Fair play to max and his father, id do the same, the top drivers that are around now, like bottas, is paying his way at Williams. No ones complaining. Razia is not good enough for a top team, nor is Valsecchi, he took 4 years in gp2 to win thew championship against what was mainly rookies. Ive raced half of the f1 grid and beat them in karting and cars. But being jealous of max is a joke. Razia didnt pay 1.5 million in gp2 without help. If he was really talented he would be under the wing of a top f1 team not the tailenders

Noitall - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 10:59 AM

renegade - you need to check your facts. Lewis Hamilton was already a multiple kart champion - fact - with the talent that goes with it. That is why Ron Dennis chose him - fact. No money changed hands - fact.
Ron Dennis got it right he saw the talent and he delivered winning several championships on the way to winning the F1 World championship.
Yes he had the resources behind him but they were provided by the team not his family.

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