Bianchi ousts Razia at Marussia for 2013
March 1, 2013
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In a surprise move, it has been announced that Luiz Razia has already been dropped by the Marussia team for the 2013 season, despite not having even turned a wheel in the new car.
It appears as if one of Razia’s sponsors failed to come through on a payment to the Marussia team, and after over a week of hushed rumours around the paddock, Luiz has been ousted before the season has even begun. The young Brazilian had completed 23 days on his contract before today.
He has been replaced by Jules Bianchi, who only yesterday had lost out to Adrian Sutil on the Force India second driver seat. Bianchi comes with Ferrari backing, meaning that Marussia are in a good position to receive Ferrari engines for the 2014 season, if Cosworth do not renew their contract.
Despite the shock move, Razia was adamant that he deserved his spot in the team, and valiantly vowed to fight his way back into F1:
"I'm in a kind of shock, because you expect to be in F1, you are there, announced,
testing, and then you are out - and not because of a driver fault. I did everything
right in what I could do, but it was really just a circumstantial thing that happened,
and that was it.
But I still am here. My career is still shining and I can overcome this difficult
situation. It is just something that has happened to me. Sometimes life does this
My main goal is to be in F1, so all my effort is there. I am now without any grounds,
but I will go with my family, and we will be sad for a while, but I will get back to