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Marussia signs Luiz Razia for second 2013 Formula 1 seat

Luiz Razia has secured the Marussia Formula 1 seat left vacant by Timo Glock’s pre-season departure from the team.

Brazilian 23-year-old Razia joins fellow GP2 graduate Max Chilton in an all-rookie line-up at the squad.

Razia will drive the new Marussia in Wednesday’s Jerez test session, although the team will start the day late following Chilton’s crash due to suspension failure on Tuesday.

“The past two seasons in GP2 have been all about proving that I have what it takes and that I’m ready,” said Razia.

“This coming season will be all about rewarding the faith the team have shown in me.

“This is an important year for the Marussia F1 team in terms of maintaining the momentum from a very positive 2012 season. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to that.”

Razia became a GP2 title contender last year in his fourth season in the series, eventually finishing runner-up to Davide Valsecchi.

Team boss John Booth said he had always expected Razia to blossom after initially hiring him as reserve driver for the then Virgin branded F1 team in 2010.

“We had every expectation that he would progress to the extent that he has,” said Booth.

”’He is a very quick and tenacious driver who battled hard to the runner-up spot last year.

“Together with Max, we are fielding a young but incredibly ambitious pairing and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”

Marussia’s announcement means that the only vacancy remaining on the 2013 F1 grid is the second Force India seat.

In addition to his 2010 run with Virgin/Marussia (pictured), Razia has also tested F1 cars with Toro Rosso, Force India and Caterham.

2013 Formula 1 line-up so far:

Red Bull     Sebastian Vettel  Mark Webber
Ferrari      Fernando Alonso   Felipe Massa
McLaren      Jenson Button     Sergio Perez
Lotus        Kimi Raikkonen    Romain Grosjean
Mercedes     Lewis Hamilton    Nico Rosberg
Sauber       Nico Hulkenberg   Esteban Gutierrez
Force India  Paul di Resta     seat still available
Williams     Pastor Maldonado  Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso   Daniel Ricciardo  Jean-Eric Vergne
Caterham     Charles Pic       Giedo van der Garde
Marussia     Max Chilton       Luiz Razia

Marussia reveals MR02 launch date

Marussia has become the final Formula 1 team to announce its 2013 launch date, as it confirmed the covers will come off the MR02 on the morning of the opening test day.

The unveiling will take place in the Jerez pitlane on the morning of Tuesday February 5.

Caterham is set to launch its new car at the same time.

Marussia has hailed its 2013 car as the start of a new era, as it will be the first car designed completely under its new technical structure, featuring Pat Symonds as a consultant and using windtunnel technology for the first time.

But rookie Max Chilton is the only driver currently signed by Marussia, as it released Timo Glock last week in order to hire a funded driver.

GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia has been strongly linked to the vacant seat.

2013 pre-season dates

 

Car Launches

Team          Date 
Lotus         January 28
McLaren       January 31
Ferrari       February 1 
Force India   February 1
Sauber        February 2
Red Bull      February 3 
Mercedes      February 4 
Toro Rosso    February 4 
Caterham      February 5
Marussia      February 5
Williams      February 19

Testing
Venue         Date 
Jerez         5-8 February 
Barcelona     19-22 February 
Barcelona     28 February-3 March

Credits: Autosport.com