Marussia Announce Luiz Razia as Second Driver

Marussia today announced that Luiz Razia will partner fellow rookie Max Chilton at the team in 2013.

The Brazilian was unveiled by the team this morning in Jerez, and was climbing into the car to complete his first testing duties just minutes later.

Unfortunately for the GP2 graduate, his day was cut short by an engine problem just before the lunch break, and he finished the day at the bottom of the timesheets, over 5 seconds off fastest man Romain Grosjean.

The team tried to get Razia back out on track before the end of the day, but a late red flag meant an early finish for all teams.

“It has been a very busy but happy day for me with, first, the announcement of my drive for the team and then getting straight into the car for a first day of testing,” said Razia. “It is not the first time I have worked with the Team of course, but there has been a lot to take in and I need to get up to speed very quickly.

“I’m quite pleased with the way things have gone for me, so it is a shame that we were unable to run this afternoon. We had an engine problem but took that opportunity to do our KERS checks and then we were unable to turn the car round before the red flag came out.

“Overall though I think we have good reason to be positive as the guys are obviously pushing extremely hard. I’m looking forward to being in the car again on Friday but for now today is a moment I will savour because I have worked hard and waited a long time for it.”