Razia still pushing for Formula 1 drive
19 August 2013 – Luiz Razia says he is still working hard to secure a place on the Formula 1 grid, but admits his focus will switch elsewhere if he is in a similar situation next month.
The Brazilian, who finished runner-up in last year's GP2 championship, had been confirmed as a race driver at Marussia for the 2013 campaign, but late sponsorship issues saw the Banbury-based team replace him with Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi.
"It is good to look for a drive as a professional, instead of paying all my life. If August and September work out then I will still look at it, but it is very difficult to find £10 million nowadays."
Razia, 24, went on to rule out a GP2 return in pursuit of his Formula 1 dream, claiming that he has done all he can to showcase his potential in the feeder category.
"There is no incentive to go back to GP2 even if I did get a free drive, because I did such a good job last year there is no reason to go back and prove anything," he said, having finished runner-up to current Lotus third driver Davide Valsecchi last year.
"There should be the step forward from GP2 to Formula 1, but with these kinds of budget issues it is difficult to get promoted. So, for sure I am looking for opportunities - even IndyCar would be good if I got the chance. But it is all about getting the chance and if there is a good opportunity coming up I will take it for sure."