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Luiz Razia

Luiz Razia (BRA) Marussia F1.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 Luiz Razia (BRA) Marussia MR02.
Formula One Testing, Day 4, Jerez, Spain, Friday, 8 February 2013

Luiz Razia’s journey to the highest level of motorsport began back in 2002 when he competed in Autocross (a dirt buggy-based series) in his native Brazil. It wasn’t long before he was winning races and he soon graduated to karting, winning several regional titles in 2004.

By 2005, Razia was committed to making a career for himself as a racing driver and stepped up to single-seater racing. It proved a success as he scored two wins en route to sixth place in the South American Formula Three championship. The following year - aged 17 - he dominated the same championship and then set about switching to the competitive European racing arena.

Razia’s first destination was Euroseries 3000 and Italian F3000, where he would race - with some success - in 2007 and 2008. He also took part in four World Series by Renault races before graduating to GP2, initially via the GP2 Asia Series. He won one reverse-grid sprint race in the 2008-2009 Asian series in Bahrain before repeating the trick in the main GP2 Series in 2009, winning from pole at Monza on the day that another future F1 star - Nico Hulkenberg - sealed the title.

Razia stayed in GP2 in 2010, the second of four successive seasons he would spend in the category. This time around there were no wins, but there were three podiums in a year that saw him also act as test driver for the newly-formed Virgin Racing F1 team.

He would add to his Formula One experience the following year when he joined Team Lotus, taking part in free practice at both the Chinese and Brazilian Grands Prix in place of the team’s regular driver Jarno Trulli. He also earned a further three GP2 podiums in 2011 driving for Team Lotus affiliates, Caterham.

2012 brought another year of GP2, albeit a far more competitive one as Razia made the most of his experience to win four races and finish a close second in the championship. This - along with solid financial backing - helped secure F1 tests with Force India and Toro Rosso, and later a full-time F1 race seat with Marussia for 2013.