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Booth: Razia 'quick and tenacious'

Marussia team boss John Booth has hailed the Banbury squad's 2013 line-up a success for its deiver development squad.
Marussia F1 team boss John Booth insists that the Banbury squad is delighted to have secured the services of two of its own graduates for the 2013 F1 season, despite now fielding the least experienced pairing on the grid.

Marussia finally confirmed Luiz Razia as team-mate to Max Chilton as it prepared to resume testing on day two of the opening group session at Jerez, and will line up for the Australian Grand Prix without either driver having started an F1 race. Despite that risk, Razia was always considered the favourite to replace Timo Glock following his exit last month, having been in the running to partner the German before Chilton was confirmed in early December.

The 23-year old Brazilian graduates to the top flight having finished as runner-up to Davide Valsecchi in last year's GP2 Series, while 21-year old Chilton finished fourth in the same competition. Both drivers have served time as official reserve in the Marussia line-up and team principal Booth is delighted to have been able to give them their chance to step up to a race seat, even though the moves are, at least in part, influenced by the amount of sponsorship they can bring to Banbury.

“Luiz isn't new to our team, having been reserve driver in our debut season in 2010 and part of our Young Driver Programme [at that time],” Booth confirmed, “When he moved to GP2 in 2011, we had every expectation that he would progress to the extent that he has. He is a very quick and tenacious driver who battled hard to the runner-up spot last year.

“It is very pleasing to have, not one, but two graduates of our programme driving for us in 2013, and also very exciting, since both Luiz and Max demonstrated a great deal of potential competing alongside each other in GP2 last season.

“Together, we are fielding a young but incredibly ambitious pairing and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”

Razia will waste little time before climbing back aboard a Marussia car, taking over from Chilton behind the wheel of the lone MR02 chassis when testing resumes at Jerez. After the Briton suffered a suspension problem on Tuesday afternoon, Marussia will be looking to pick up the pace of development with its newest member.

“We are pleased to have concluded our driver line-up, which means that we can now focus all our attentions on what looks set to be a very promising 2013 season,” Booth concluded.

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Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium after the British sprint race at Silverstone on July 8, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Media Service.)
Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
(L to R): Graeme Lowdon (GBR) Marussia F1 Team Chief Executive Officer with John Booth (GBR) Marussia F1 Team Team Principal.
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21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
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21.09.2014 - Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
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February 06, 2013 10:00 AM

Yeah, Max is saying it's suspension failure. Thought it was quite funny when he said he was happy with his pace....5.3 secs of the fastest car. I know it's the 1st day but..... Crash seem to have sorted the site, it's been torture this week.

brezzy boy - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 8:35 AM

What “butcher” booth & co are saying is that their happy that these two novices have brought in enough money to keep their fat salaries coming in for another year. What a waste of time no matter how much (they claim) the car’s improved 2 rookies won’t get you anywhere (look a yesterday Chilton lost it under braking).

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