Razia surprised by Chilton deal with Marussia

Race 1 podium and results: 1st Max Chilton (GBR) Carlin, centre. 3rd Luiz Razia (BRA) Arden International, right. GP2 Series, Rd9, Budapest, Hungary,27-29 July 2012.Dec.19 (GMM) Luiz Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, admitted that he was surprised when Marussia announced Max Chilton as Timo Glock’s teammate for the 2013 season.

The 23-year-old Brazilian told Globo he was a hot contender for the seat until the very last minute.

“We didn’t have much chance at Lotus,” Razia, referring to this week’s news of Romain Grosjean’s new contract, admitted.

“But we were caught by surprise by Marussia. We were talking to them until yesterday. They said ‘We’re still deciding’.

“There are still two vacancies, Force India and Caterham, and we’ve been talking. Yes we still have a chance,” said Razia.

Yet another possibility is that Marussia does not honour its existing contract with Timo Glock.

Indeed, Tuesday’s press release about Chilton made not a single reference to the German, and the recent official 2013 entry list said both of Marussia’s 2013 seats were ‘TBA’ (To Be Announced).

“Timo has a contract until 2014 and so the team would have to pay a penalty of termination. I don’t know if that’s interesting for the team,” said Razia, who admitted that he has “sponsors” but not a “bottomless pit” of funding.

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  • Kimi4WDC

    Both of them are nothing special. Just look up wiki.

    This is what I hate about recent changes in drivers, they used to be winners, now more and more it’s a guys who finished in top five, or even lower with those two guys considering.

  • Lol.


    Totally agree.

    I also find it rather disgusting that the GP2 world champion cannot get an f1 race seat, but all the guys he beat can get one no problem…