Luiz Razia admits that he is not expecting an easy ride through his maiden F1 season, but also expects to get to grips with the top flights before too long.
The Brazilian was confirmed as Marussia's second signing of the winter, and replaces veteran Timo Glock alongside fellow rookie Max Chilton as the Banbury team heads in a new direction for its fourth season. Admitting that its financial situation had led to the decision to pair together two novices, the team also has high hopes for Razia and Chilton, both of whom have spent time on its development programme.
"For sure, for the team, it was a tough decision and, for us, it's going to be a tough job," the 23-year old told Sky Sports
after taking to the track on day two of the Jerez group test, “I think we just need to get together and really work through all the difficulties we have and eventually come up with good stuff, good work and try to make the most of it.
"It's going to be difficult for me and Chilton because there's a lot of circuits we don't know and a lot of stuff is new to us, so we need to get on a rhythm. But GP2 drivers normally get in a rhythm quite quick - so I hope [that is the case] for myself as well. We're going to have some tough times, but not problems.”
Razia finished as runner-up to new Lotus reserve Davide Valsecchi in the 2012 GP2 Series, with Chilton taking fourth place in the final standings. The Brazilian admitted that he was surprised to see the Briton signed to partner Glock back in December, but continued to pursue his F1 dream before eventually coming full circle and arriving back at Marussia.
"It was a very hard winter for me because I had to keep my motivation to be training more than 17 hours a week and still being in contact with the teams to finally get an agreement," he admitted, "But that doesn't really matter anymore now. The most important things are those that will bring me forward. I need to work hard to catch up with everybody, and this is what I'm going to focus on."