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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.
Brazil's Luiz Razia could be about to be confirmed as Marussia F1's second driver on Friday, according to reports circulating overnight in the Brazilian media.

The 23-year-old finished in the runners-up position in the 2012 GP2 Series championship while driving for the Arden team, after he was narrowly pipped at the end of the season by Davide Valsecchi who has himself now signed up as an F1 test and development driver with Lotus.

Razia had been reported to be in talks with both Force India and Caterham about a race seat in F1 in 2013, after he had previously spent a year as a test and development driver for the latter team in 2011. In the past, he's also undertaken Young Driver Tests in Abu Dhabi with Toro Rosso and Marussia.

In the end it was the second seat at Marussia that opened up when the team unexpectedly parted company with Timo Glock. The German driver had been expected to stay with the team in 2013 but announced last week that he was leaving for an opportunity in DTM because of financial issues within the team leaving them needing to bring in a driver with more sponsorship backing.

It has been rumoured that Razia has backing to the tune of nearly $30 million to bring to an F1 team, thanks to sponsorship from various Brazilian companies. Now it seems that Razia does indeed fit the bill for Marussia in 2013, with the driver set to be paired with a former GP2 rival as the team have already signed Max Chilton to the other available seat.

Chilton himself drove for the Marussia-associated Carlin team in last year's GP2 season and ended up finishing in fourth place in the championship - putting him behind Valsecchi, Razia and Esteban Gutierrez, who is also F1-bound in 2012 having signed up with Sauber to replace Sergio Perez.

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.

Although there has yet to be any official confirmation of Razia's move to the F1 paddock in 2013, the Brazilian media reports said that the formal announcement could come as soon as Friday.

However, Razia's management team have denied the story, telling reporters: "There are still some seats available in F1 and negotiations are ongoing. At the moment we have made no decision."

Marussia did confirm on Thursday that they would launch their new MR02 chassis on the morning of Tuesday February 5, in the pit lane at Jerez before the start of next week's four-day test session at the Spanish facility.




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24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Luiz Razia (BRA)
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Luiz Razia (BRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 Test Driver. 08.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium after the British sprint race at Silverstone on July 8, 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
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18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
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18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C33
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C33
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
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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...



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