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Razia joins FMSI for GP2 summer series.


Luiz Razia will race for Fisichella Motor Sport International in this summer's GP2 Series, completing a move from Trust Team Arden to join veteran Andreas Zuber at the Italian outfit.

The 19-year old Brazilian only began karting five years ago, but has made rapid progress up the motorsport ladder, moving through the national Formula Renault and South American F3 Championships just one year later. His debut season in F3 netted two wins and four podiums, before the SudAm title came his way in with seven further victories. The same 2006 season also saw Razia impress during a part-season of F3000, where he took three wins from three outings and landed a GP2 test.

He first joined forces with the Fisichella team in another part-season in 3000 in 2007 when, despite not taking in every race, he still finished third in the championship, leading to opportunities in the World Series by Renault. Unable to break out of F3000, however, he took fourth overall in another part season in 2008, before getting the opportunity to contest the second GP2 Asia Series with Arden.

“I'm happy to announce that I've come to an agreement with FMSI to race in the main series," the Brazilian noted, "During the post-season tests at Paul Ricard, I had an opportunity to test with them for one day and immediately sensed a good feeling with the team and the car. My thanks to Giancarlo Fisichella, Paolo Coloni and Enrico Zanarini for putting their trust in me to compete in this extremely competitive series.

"I know the team from my early F3000 races, and I look forward to racing alongside Andy Zuber. My intention is to take full advantage of the fact that I am racing in such an experienced team with an experienced team-mate. I believe that I will improve quickly and hope to soon be challenging for point-scoring positions and podiums on a regular basis.”

Team principal Coloni admitted that completing his line-up with Razia afforded the FMSI operation the best of both worlds as it attempts to move back up the order.

“We have a dream team - the experience of Zuber and the young talent of Razia," he insisted, "A team principal could not ask for more. We have been following Luiz's progress in Euro 3000, and he has grown over two years to deserve a place in GP2. He has shown great speed in the GP2 Asia Series and we count on this to score lots of points in FMSI this year. Never in the history of our team in GP2 have we had such a strong driver combination.”


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2015 GP3 Series Round 9 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) & Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 9 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) & Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) at the start Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) leads Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia Sunday 11 October 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) leads Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
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2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) passes Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
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