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After a poor run of form in GP2, Luiz Razia has revealed that he came close to pulling out of motor racing all together. That was until he received a call from Christian Horner, who invited him to drive for his Arden squad ahead of the 2012 season. After 14 races and with ten to go this year, the Brazilian leads the championship by six points.
An up and coming GP2 talent in recent years, Razia became a Virgin Racing F1 reserve driver before he was quickly dropped in 2010. Last year, he was associated with Team Lotus (now Caterham) but that programme also came to an end. At the same time, the 2011 GP2 season featured a string of disappointments and ended with only 12th place overall.
“I almost stopped racing, I was giving up my career,” the 23-year-old reveals to Brazil’s Globo. “I had already started thinking about going back to college, as I had previously passed the entrance exam for engineering but put it on hold. Last year I was disappointed with the progress of the season.”
As part of Team Lotus in 2011, Razia raced for the sister AirAsia squad in GP2 but – with the team being new to the sport – a steep learning curve was always on the cards. Razia goes on to explain that, just as he was about to walk away, the phone rang.
“Christian Horner (F1 Team Principal for Red Bull and owner of Arden GP2 team) called me and asked me to come and sit down,” Razia recalls. “He proposed a very generous contract for this year. I now have the opportunity to race for a strong team and improve as a professional driver within Red Bull Racing. Things have gone well from the start.”
Razia has won four GP2 races so far this season. For 2012, the series has incorporated a number of new F1 venues and therefore finishes in Singapore on 23 September.
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