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. 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!

  2. 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

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

    Force India’s loss, Marussia’s gain.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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