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Razia refers to 'dream' Marussia deal

Luiz Razia talks about his joy at joining Marussia for the 2013 F1 season - even if the team has yet to confirm the deal.
Official confirmation may not be forthcoming until the team unveils its 2013 contender at Jerez on Tuesday, but Luiz Razia admits that signing with Marussia brings an end to a lifelong pursuit of F1.

The Brazilian returned to the frame after Marussia and Timo Glock parted ways last week and, having admitted his surprise when the team signed Max Chilton shortly before Christmas, was able to complete his own deal with just a handful of days remaining before the first test of the year. Marussia has so far steered clear of announcing Chilton's team-mate, but is due to unveil its MR02 challenger in the Jerez pit-lane ahead of testing on 5 February.

“The process was a bit long and very distressing,” Razia wrote on his personal website, “Until this time we had nothing, [but] we managed to close a deal at the last minute.

“The important thing is that I have got something that I've worked for for eleven years and it really is the fulfilment of a dream for me, worth more than anything else.”

Razia will be the 30th Brazilian to make the grade in F1, but the first to emerge from the north-east of the country. Unless Bruno Senna can land one of the remaining vacancies – at Caterham and Force India – the GP2 Series runner-up will be only the second Brazilian on the grid in 2013, joining Ferrari's Felipe Massa in a depleted representation.

Regardless, for a driver who delights in being able to display his national flag on the podium, simply reaching the top flight is an honour for the 23-year old, even if his only 'home' support has come from family.

“I always sought to represent my country out there and raise the flag of Brazil,” he continued, “However, we only have European investors in this project and are still looking for a Brazilian company to represent. I never had any support from Brazilian companies, and have reached F1 only after a big effort from my family and the support of these [European] partners. We are finding a lot of resistance from [Brazilian] companies, which is frustrating, not cool.”

Razia had thought he had a chance of partnering Glock in the Marussia line-up this season, hence his surprise when Chilton was confirmed in early December. However, the Brazilian was also the first to hint at further changes, suggesting that Glock's seat was not as secure as many believed.

As well as Marussia, there has yet to be any official confirmation from Razia's management, which has gone as far as denying that the Brazilian has signed a contract.



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Bluemetal - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 3:37 PM

Christian Horner is his manager and has said he wanted to see Razia in F1 interesting 'cause I didn't see this coming. Now with Horner in Red Bull until 2017 he might want Razia in RB in 2014.

sunzoomspark - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 9:43 AM

Anyone else think Razia sounds like a spoilt brat? Bad form to talk about this before anything is confirmed by the team. Even worse for him to be making comments about Glock's seat being unsafe after Chilton was signed. It just seems like this guy gathered as much money as he could find and bought the team over to signing him. He's nothing special and I'm guessing he will be driving in Formula Truck or Stock Cars in Brazil in two years time. Meanwhile, Marussia will be no more and we'll be back with a very depleted grid. Sad times.



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