Razia in a state of shock over lost seat
2 March 2013 – Luiz Razia says he is in a state of shock after losing his seat with Marussia for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign. The 23-year-old Brazilian, who ran into sponsorship difficulties, has been replaced at the outfit by Ferrari protege Jules Bianchi.
Razia's position was put in doubt when his sponsors missed a deadline at last week's penultimate Barcelona test. Although the team extended the cut-off point, the GP2 runner-up was unable to find a solution and his contract was terminated.
"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," Razia explained to Autosport. "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 to you. 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 the category. I was there two weeks ago, and I didn't feel I shouldn't be there for this season."
Despite the pain of losing his place on the grid, Razia insisted that he holds no hard feelings toward Marussia and 'understands the position' the outfit is currently in.
"I could be angry. I could be very selfish, but I am not," added a philosophical Razia. "I am really tolerant with these things. I understand the position of Marussia and I like the team. They treated me very nicely and, to be honest, they were trying to sort out the situation for me. They chose me because they wanted me there in the first place, so there are no hard feelings. It is also fair to say that Bianchi had a difficult situation and, to be honest, he deserved the drive."
Razia's spell with Marussia lasted just 23 days; he was signed in February as the replacement for Timo Glock, who mutually split with the team on financial grounds.