F1 » Reports: Marussia to confirm Luiz Razia on Friday

According to local media reports in the Brazilian press, Marussia F1 is to confirm that 2012 GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia is to drive for the team in 2013.

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KGBVD - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 5:44 PM

"With the top four drivers in the 2012 championship all seemingly F1-bound in 2013, it seems that the feeder series is well and truly earning its reputation as the fast track into the world of Grand Prix racing for its successful competitors."

'Fast track' if you have the $2 million to buy a top GP2 seat, and then the requisite $6 million or more to get a sniff at an F1 reserve seat. GP2 is not a feeder series, it's a buyers market and the choice cuts aren't there because they are fast, it's because they come with a big fat cheque.

The top drivers not already in F1 are in DTM, where teams can actually pay drivers for their services (not the other way around), and not in any of the pay-per-drive open wheel poser series (GP2, FR3.5, Indy)

Kiko - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 9:38 PM

I fear for Marussia this year - 2 new Drivers means the direction of the development is not going to be as accurate as it would have been from Glock.

Their car should be best of the new teams 'out of the box' as they are designing it properly this year instead of 95% CFD, but I can't see it lasting...

David Chaste - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 1:44 AM

Well it takes money to get racing in the first place. Alonso is the world's biggest pay driver. Button was once a pay driver, but as you see he is now a champion. Even some of the talented guys in DTM were pay drivers at one time or another.

It's just that now for some of them, their money has allowed them to prove their worth to finally start getting a check.

Susie Wolff is only there because her husband owns the firm that builds the Mercedes DTM chassis. Mercedes could find or develop a faster female driver to represent their female clientele

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