Razia dropped from Marussia’s Barcelona test 22 February, 2013 Luiz Razia Luiz Razia, recently announced Marussia’s second race driver for 2013, has been left out of this week’s testing in Barcelona which has caused alarm within Brazil’s F1 media ranks, and raising doubts about whether the 23-year-old’s new contract is now in doubt, or whether Max Chilton is simply the clear and favoured ‘number 1′. Brazilian Razia was scheduled to run for two of the four days in Spain, but Marussia said the programme was changed to exclude Razia because it “made sense to keep Max in the car for consistency”. “Max has done a great job over the last three days,” team boss John Booth said on Thursday, “and we’ve certainly benefited from the consistency this has provided.” Obviously, the situation has triggered rumours. “It is believed bureaucratic issues have hindered the payment of (Razia’s) sponsorship to Marussia,” read a report by the Brazilian news agency Agencia Estado. Razia told O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio: “Sometimes we have to live with these situations. “But I don’t care whether I have the same number of (test) days as Chilton. In the other series I’ve competed in, I haven’t needed much time to get used to a car.” Veteran journalist Oricchio has another theory about Chilton’s prominence. “Friends in the paddock have told me that Max Chilton’s father is acquiring a portion of Marussia at the end of each of the three seasons of his son’s contract. (GMM) “It is known that their investment in Marussia is far greater than that of Razia.” Related NewsMarussia: This has been an important test for usMarussia: Overwhelmingly positive dayMarussia: We appear to have a better balanced carMarussia: A very useful day for the teamMarussia: We are all very pleased that we have made such good progressMarussia: We experienced a continuation of some component reliability issuesMarussia: Unfortunately we experienced the fuel system problemMarussia: We were confined to the garage due to an IT configuration problemMarussia releases driver schedule for Bahrain testMarussia: Pretty pleased with the early signs from the new package Me Money, money, money, will kill F1 ! Peter It’s all about the money!