Razia confirmed in Marussia’s all-rookie squad

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Luiz Razia, Marussia, Jerez, 2013Marussia will field two rookie drivers in F1 this year as Luiz Razia has been confirmed as team mate to Max Chilton.

Razia was previously part of the team’s young driver programme. “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,” he said.

“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 One 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.”

Razia drove for Toro Rosso and Force India during last year’s young driver tests. In 2011 he drove twice during free practice for Lotus (now Caterham).

The 23-year-old Brazilian finished second in GP2 last year having been leading the series with four races to go.

The last team to begin a season with two drivers who had never raced in F1 before was HRT in 2010, with Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.

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