Bianchi takes Razia’s place at Marussia for 2013

2013 F1 season

Jules Bianchi, Force India, Jerez, 2013Jules Bianchi will race for Marussia this year, the team has announced.

The French driver, who missed out on taking the second Force India seat yesterday, will replace Luiz Razia at the team.

Team principal John Booth confirmed Razia’s contract with the team has been “terminated” just 23 days after it was announced he would drive for them.

“We have found ourselves in a situation where we have had to terminate our contract with Luiz Razia.” said Booth.

“Having made clear the basis on which we must operate in 2013, and given the steps we had taken to put that new structure in place, we had no alternative but to remain true to the principles which we had identified as being key to securing our long-term future.”

Bianchi said: “Racing in Formula One this season has been my goal over the winter and after evaluating a number of options I am very excited to have this opportunity to demonstrate that I am ready for this next step in my racing career.

“I am also very grateful to the Ferrari Driver Academy that has always supported me and has given me the possibility to mature as a racing driver enabling me to be fully prepared for this new exciting challenge.

“The next two weeks of preparation for the season will be incredibly busy but I am ready to get started tomorrow with my first day in the MR02.”

Booth added: “Jules is a proven talent who is highly regarded within the Paddock. He has been on a clear trajectory towards Formula 1 and has achieved some impressive performances through the various feeder formulae, notably his 2012 season in Formula Renault 3.5 when he was also Reserve Driver for Force India.

“He is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and his obvious pedigree put him on the radar for a number of teams over the winter as a driver ready to step up to Formula One.”

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131 comments on Bianchi takes Razia’s place at Marussia for 2013

  1. reprep (@reprep) said on 1st March 2013, 18:51

    This is a win-win situation for Marussia and for Jules Bianchi, he maybe lost his seat to Sutil who did deserve a second chance but as far I can see I think this puts the pressure of of Jules because he can learn about being a Formula 1 driver at Marussia without having to score points on a regular basis, there are only two thing he needs to do and that is learn about the racing in the Formula 1 with competitors who have the same amount of talent he has got and outperform Max Chilton which I think he could do.

  2. reprep (@reprep) said on 1st March 2013, 18:52

    This is a win-win situation for Marussia and for Jules Bianchi, he maybe lost his seat to Sutil who did deserve a second chance but as far I can see I think this puts the pressure of Jules because he can learn about being a Formula 1 driver at Marussia without having to score points on a regular basis, there are only two things he needs to do and that is learn about the racing in the Formula 1 with competitors who have the same amount of talent he has got and outperform Max Chilton which I think he could do.

  3. photozen (@photozen) said on 1st March 2013, 19:03

    Marussia will probably gain a lot of experience from Bianchi in regards to car setup, etc after his time with Force India, which is one thing Marussia was missing with the original lineup of drivers. Granted the Marussia will be much different but Bianchi will be better able to help the team a lot to improve.

    • Metallion (@metallion) said on 1st March 2013, 19:40

      I don’t know how Marussia was missing experience regarding set up work with their former lineup. Glock had many years of experience, I doubt Bianchi, a rookie, can bring any improvement setup wise compared to Glock.

  4. AbeyG (@1abe) said on 1st March 2013, 19:21

    This is interesting! What would make it more interesting is if Razia gets the third driver role in Force India!

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 1st March 2013, 20:23

      Good call – he’s tested for them before hasn’t he, there can’t be many decent GP2 or Renault 3.5 drives left for him, and Force India have rewarded their reserve drivers well in the past, with practice drives and eventual race seats. He’d be more likely than some 3rd drivers to get a race…there must still be a few question marks over Sutil’s performance, and his ability to attend all the GPs.

  5. Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 1st March 2013, 20:11

    Absolutely gutted for Razia. Thought he drove superbly in GP2 last year and deserved the seat at Marussia. Pleased it’s Bianchi replacing him after being horrendously overlooked by Force India earlier this week. I really hope that Luiz can recover from this and hopefully we’ll see him on the grid in 2014, once Bianchi has joined Force India

  6. schooner (@schooner) said on 1st March 2013, 20:23

    Will he be regarded as the 1st driver to lose his seat in 2013, or would he have needed to start the race in Australia to earn that distinction?

  7. Denis 68 said on 2nd March 2013, 1:07

    Feel terrible for Razia but sadly that’s what Formual One has become.

    Would love to know how much dosh Ferarri have paid to buy Bianchi the seat.

  8. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 2nd March 2013, 1:45

    I had had respect for certain teams taking a hard line on driver decisions based on financial reasoning, where they couldn’t avoid hiring less talented drivers in favour of sponsorship to survive.
    But now I am finally fed up. To announce a driver, and suddenly drop him before the season even starts! It just sickens me.

  9. LifeW12 (@lifew12) said on 2nd March 2013, 1:56

    Sadly talent is worthless these days :(

  10. Minardi (@gitanes) said on 2nd March 2013, 1:59

    In the long run, this is better for Chilton too. He will have the legs-up off the bat due to more time in the car and will be rated higher than if he beat Razia. Better line-up than Caterham now actually.

  11. ben (@dubaemon) said on 2nd March 2013, 2:18

    I wonder how long it will take for Bianchi’s official website to swap the old FI pics to marussia, will it be straight after tomorrow, bets are opened…

    • Joe Papp (@joepa) said on 2nd March 2013, 20:43

      @dubaemon I’d think they’d be working on it before the day was finished. That is, shoot the pics the moment the window to do so opened, and keep shooting during the course of the day, but all the while uploading new images to the developers so they could recode the site or drop a new graphic design shell upon it!

  12. chandranath (@chandranath) said on 2nd March 2013, 3:33

    Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required. – Winston Churchill

  13. AlokIn (@) said on 2nd March 2013, 3:59

    Force India’s loss, Marussia’s gain.

  14. wsrgo said on 2nd March 2013, 5:41

    Unfortunately, for some people, junior formulae extends only as far back as GP2. GP2 is an overrated series. In the official feeder series to F1, sprint races shouldn’t form half of the total no. of races. Razia clearly lacks the out-and-out raw pace required to be in F1. In a backmarker team, no amount of his sprint race heroics would have worked, seeing as he would be so far behind. And apart from one season in GP2(his 4th season, BTW), he hasn’t done enough to show that he deserves an F1 seat on basis of merit. Bianchi, on the other hand, certainly does, but just because he spent 2 years in GP2 with ART, and won just one race, people think he’s not talented enough. For them, series like World Series by Renault 3.5(where he finished a close second), Formula Three Euroseries(where he finished a strong 3rd in his first year, dominated the series in the second year), French Formula Renault(which he won on his first try)——–don’t exist.

  15. Nico freak said on 2nd March 2013, 7:29

    i am really happy for him , Marussia for 2013 ,force india f1 team for 2014 replacing di resta ,, i am not atalll, impressed by di resta , sutil scored more championship points in 2011 , hulk again scored more points then him in 2012 ,,, he is not aggressive as them ,

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