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Marussia confirms Luiz Razia for 2013 F1 season

by Niharika Ghorpade Posted on February 6, 2013 17:44 IST 846 Views

The Marussia F1 team has confirmed Luiz Razia as its driver before the start of day 2 of testing at Jerez


Luiz Razia Marussia F1 team



Russian owned Marussia F1 team announced Brazilian driver Luiz Razia as its second driver to partner rookie Max Chilton for the 2013 Formula One season. Barely an hour after the announcement Razia got into the MR02 to commence the second day of pre-season tests at Jerez. 


“It is fantastic to be back with the Marussia F1 Team and with pretty much the same group of people I worked with back in 2010 when I was reserve driver” said Razia, who has previously tested with Force India, Torro Rosso and Caterham.


The 23 year old, who has been a runner-up in the GP2 Series in 2012 said, “The past two seasons in GP2 have been all about proving that I have what it takes and that I’m ready. This coming season will be all about rewarding the faith the team have shown in me. I am looking forward to beginning that process in Jerez where we are testing the MR02 for the first time. I am also looking forward to the first race in Melbourne and I’m excited to be racing alongside Max, who I competed ‘against’ last season. This is an important year for the Marussia F1 Team in terms of maintaining the momentum from a very positive 2012 season. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to that.”



John Booth, Marussia F1 Team Principal



Team Principal John Booth said, “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.”


He added, “When Luiz 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. Together with Max, we are fielding a young but incredibly ambitious pairing and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”


Marussia’s confirmation on Razia has ended all speculation, and now leaves only one seat empty at Sahara Force India. The two most probable candidates to fill that seat are Jules Bianchi, their reserve driver or Adrian Sutil, who raced for the team from 2007- 2011. 


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