Razia joins Marussia for 2013

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It’s official, Marussia has signed the driving talents of Luiz Razia for 2013. While speculation about a possible drive for Vitaly Petrov waned, there was a lot of chat on Twitter about Razia’s chances and it seems to have panned out for the young man.

Razia was the test driver for Marussia in 2010 and the GP@ second-runner-up for the title in that same year. The Brazilian will join Max Chilton to compete in the 2013 Formula One season.

John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team
“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. Luiz isn’t new to our Team of course, having been Reserve Driver in our debut season in 2010 and part of our
Young Driver Programme. It is therefore very pleasing to have not one but two graduates of that 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.
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.”
Luiz Razia, Race Driver #22
“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. Having been in that position, 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. 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.”

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