“They have a little bit more of everything”
Luiz Razia insists he is not losing any sleep, despite coming tantalisingly close to realising his dream of racing in formula one this year.
In fact, he was even the subject of a Marussia media announcement and began testing his 2013 car recently in Spain, only to be let down by a crucial sponsor. “I will sleep tonight, knowing that the failure was circumstantial,” the 23-year-old Brazilian told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.
The FW35 is yet to see the light of day, but it will almost certainly feature a ‘vanity panel’ rather than a stepped nose.
Alone amongst the rest of this year’s field, Williams has delayed the debut of its 2013 car until Barcelona later this month, choosing instead to run with last year’s car at Jerez. But already up and running is the tweaked 2013 livery, while the 2012-specification FW34 also appeared noticeably different for another reason in Pastor Maldonado’s hands on Wednesday.
Luiz Razia, a 23-year-old Brazilian, looks set to secure the Marussia race seat for 2013 recently vacated by salaried driver Timo Glock.
Brazil’s Globo said Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, had secured the place “after months of negotiations”. “The official announcement will be made on February 5, during the presentation of the new car” at Jerez, said the report.
“There are still two vacancies, Force India and Caterham, and we’ve been talking. Yes we still have a chance,” said Razia.
Luiz Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, admitted he was surprised when on Tuesday Marussia announced Max Chilton as Timo Glock’s 2013 teammate. The 23-year-old Brazilian told Globo he was a hot contender for the seat until the very last minute.
Sauber replaces Kobayashi with Gutierrez
The Sauber F1 Team has finalised its line-up for the 2013 season: Esteban Gutiérrez is confirmed as the team’s second race driver. The 21-year old Mexican will be driving alongside Nico Hülkenberg (GER). Robin Frijns, from the Netherlands, who is only two days younger than Esteban, has been taken on board as the team’s test and reserve driver.
Valtteri Bottas is still sitting tight, in the hope he will get the nod to step into a race seat at Williams in 2013.
The team’s young Finnish ‘Friday’ driver is hotly tipped to be Pastor Maldonado’s teammate next season, having impressed the British team this season. In his 14 morning practice outings in Bruno Senna’s car this year, he has outpaced Maldonado a credible 6 times.
Flavio Briatore thinks Ferrari should sign Felipe Massa for another season.
The Italian team is openly undecided over its choice of teammate for Fernando Alonso next year, but former Renault boss Briatore said: “I would keep Massa for another year”. “Massa is a good driver but he should never compare his times with those of Alonso,” Italian Briatore is quoted by Corriere dello Sport.”
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