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Razia completes Marussia line up: Only one seat on grid remains
Posted By: James Allen  |  06 Feb 2013   |  8:39 am GMT  |  24 comments

To no-one’s very great surprise, Marussia has announced today that Luis Razia will line up alongside Max Chilton on the 2013 grid. It will mean that the team is fielding two rookies, with no Grand Prix starts between them. Razia replaces Timo Glock who had 91 GP starts.

The Brazilian GP2 driver had been mooted as the team’s second driver for some weeks, but clearly the deal was not ready to be announced yesterday at the roll out of the new car. He will get straight down to work this morning in Day 2 of testing at Jerez.

This leaves only one seat on the F1 grid. at Force India, where the identity of Paul di Resta’s team mate is due to be announced before the start of the sec on test in Barcelona in two weeks time. Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil remain the front runners, but other drivers are still under consideration.

Bruno Senna meanwhile has announced that he is racing in the GT series with Aston Martin and Jaime Alguersuari is also no longer in the race.

Razia, 23, was runner up in GP2 last year and the back of the grid is now dominated by GP2 graduates, with the exception of Toro Rosso (Red Bull’s driver programme tends to avoid GP2 in favour of World Series by Renault).

In total there are now 11 GP2 graduates on the F1 grid out of 22 seats.

In his road to F1, Razia has also taken part in Young Guns tests with Caterham, Toro Rosso and Force India.

Razia said, “I know this Team rewards determination and success in its young drivers, the intention of its Programme being to school the next generation of racing driver. I am very proud to take the step up to a Formula 1 race seat, particularly with the Team I began this journey with, since they helped show me what it takes to progress to the highest level.”

F1 Entry List 2013 season

Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel / Mark Webber
Ferrari – Fernando Alonso / Felipe Massa
McLaren – Jenson Button / Sergio Perez
Lotus – Kimi Raikkonen / Romain Grosjean
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton / Nico Rosberg
Sauber – Nico Hulkenberg / Esteban Gutierrez
Force India – Paul di Resta / TBA (Bianchi/Sutil)
Williams – Pastor Maldonado / Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso – Daniel Ricciardo / Jean-Eric Vergne
Caterham – Charles Pic / Giedo van der Garde
Marussia – Max Chilton / Luiz Razia

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Where is Kovalainen? I thought his seat was safe at Caterham.


What’s become of Kobayashi? Does he stand a chance of resurfacing? Seems he’s earned another chance?


Like Valtteri Bottas, I first remember reading the name in Autosport. In Luiz Razia’s case, he was making a guest appearance in what was then the F3000 Masters (it later became the International Formula Master, which is now defunct) and beat all-comers to win three out of four races in the wet at Estoril.

Even on paper it looked pretty impressive. But he stagnated a bit after that and I wondered if he didn’t quite have what it took F1-wise. In 2010 in GP2 he started well but faded alarmingly but last year he was much stronger throughout the season (though even then he did fade marginally at season’s end and hence lost the title). With so many years of GP2 experience I don’t see him as a calamity-in-waiting; in fact, maybe he has come to F1 at the right time to realise his potential. Good luck to the lad either way!


I’ve only seen a bit of GP2 last year and it was a MELEE!!! Almost a free-for-all at times.

One race Razia drove like a man possessed…..absolutely outstanding!!! This “at any and all cost” type of driving attitude doesn’t really translate into F1. Just ask Grosjean.


The 2012 GP2 runner up graduates to an F1 race seat, like wise for the third, fourth and sixth place finishers yet the Champion is reduced to being a spectator.


As I understand it, he chose to take a test driver seat with Lotus over a drive with a team nearer the back of the field. I’m guessing he has plans to fill Raikkonen’s shoes in the near future.


Well I thought Luiz did pretty OK last year in GP 2. I look forward to seeing him in F 1. I think he deserves it. shame Davide Velsecchi did not get a chance this year in F 1.

Looks to me like hardly anyone round here actually watches GP 2.


Exactly, GP2 racing is sometimes on only a few tenths off F1 lap times depending upon the circuit. Its a very impressive series indeed when you understand the speeds and ages of the drivers involved.


People will complain about the youth and inexperience, but it’s kind of just “get off my lawn” talk, in my opinion.

I recall people questioning Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen, too, back in the day. They seemed to have worked out just fine.

I’m guessing this years young guys will be fine, too. I’m more worried about Grosjean and Maldonado, to be honest.


Children, immature little boys thinking they can hang with the big boys, mark my words the first corner of probably every race will be a crash fest, personally I prefer racing, as opposed to children taking everyone out.


Let’s not forget that Lewis came from GP2 into F1 at McLaren alongside Alonso and nobody needs reminding of what happened there.

These rookie drivers may not have raced in an F1 car before, but they certainly aren’t ‘children’.


I saw a few 2012 GP2 races. Razia didn’t figure so much early on. It was mainly Valsecchi. Razia was the most spectacular driver I saw. Of course the “wild west” stylee of GP2 doesn’t translate to F1. But, glad to see him there anyhow.


Best of luck to Luis Razia. But no matter what spin Marussia put on this announcement, it diminishes the stature of Grand Prix racing, when a pair of inexperienced and complete novice pay drivers ‘lead’ a Formula One team.


i believe senna is ruled out now is he not? read yesterday that he had signed up with aston martin le mans racing.


Senna is going GT racing so is between Bianchi and Sutil


Senna announced today he’ll race for Aston Martin in WEC. Does that rule him out of F1 for good?




James, can i ask why is that for good?

Romain came back, or maybe you know something?



I think Bruno has already signed outside of F1 yeah?

Scuderia McLaren



As Bruno Senna has left F1 and signed with Aston Martin Racing, shouldn’t he now be crossed off he Force India shortlist?


Senna seems to be racing for Aston Martin at Le Mans this year. Looks like either Sutil or Bianchi for the FI seat.


does to many inexperienced drivers at the back of the grid …. spell danger to the championship fortunes …. if now seen most of the grid is now with to many drivers with no or very little experience …. no disrespect meant …regarding the talent of the drivers…. but sometimes F1 means to fight over a period of the whole race rather than corner to corner … the differential in maturity between kimi and grosjean was huge and frankly grosjean is one of the better graduates from the GP2 series with some prior F1 experience …. could we in some for difficult time this season…


presuming Bianchi gets the nod over Sutil in FI… if we look down the grid from Sauber onwards…the most experienced candidates are Nico,Pastor,Paul di resta who are in their 3rd year of F1…

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