Exclusive Interview with Luiz Razia

By on Friday, May 18, 2012

Razia celebrates in Spain. Photo Credit: LAT

Arden International's Luiz Razia is currently second in the GP2 championship. Fresh off the back of a win in the sprint race in Spain, he talks to F1Zone.net

Q: How has the GP2 season been so far for you?

Luiz Razia: Challenging. The most important thing is to keep pushing myself to be on top every session, give 110% every time in the car and create good opportunity to score points every time.

Q: What do you think you have to do to overhaul Davide Valsecchi and DAMS?

LR: I don't have anything to do with Valescchi and DAMS. I'm trying to push my entire team to be the very best try can, we are racing ourselves at the weekends, always asking how far we can go every time, than we see what can bring end of the weekend.

Q: Monaco is next, what’s it like driving around there?

LR: Simply the best. That's it. Period. I want to win there still!

Q: How different is GP2 this year compared to 2011?

LR: A couple of adjustments on the aero side, and the most important bit, the tyres, it has changed a lot the way to drive, to push and to race. Racing is the constant search for the weakest link and we are pursuing that all the time.

Q: GP2 this year faces a lot of competition from World Series by Renault. Do you consider GP2 is the stronger series?

LR: I don't know anything about it. I'm a racing driver and my objective is to get to the top, which is F1. It doesn't matter where you came from. I need to be there.

Winning the first GP2 race of 2012 in Malaysia. Photo Credit: LAT

Q: GP2 uses Pirelli tyres in an attempt to be similar to F1. Would it be better for the series to also have KERS, DRS or other devices to make it closer to F1?

LR: I think these things will come when is really worth to do it.

Q: This is your fourth season in GP2. Is it a case of your last chance to take the title, or does the fact someone like Pastor Maldonado has won an F1 race help your cause?

LR: I don't know about what can happen in my life in the future. If you take 4 years to graduate at university or 6 years will show up nowhere. The important thing is that you graduate to be a professional.

Q: How much did your experiences with Team Lotus in F1 help you last year?

LR: Nothing. It was a good experience and I did learn a lot about F1, but there is nothing to do with GP2. The experience in an F1 car was amazing to have and I'm keeping that to when I need it. All I can say [is that] I did grow up professionally as a person in F1.

Q: Does the lack of success for Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna negatively affect F1 popularity in Brazil and therefore your chances of graduating to F1?

LR: They are just other drivers that have the same flag as me. I’ll focus on my job and try to get where they are now.

Q: What do you make of F1 2012, and who will win the title?!

LR: I think that [Lewis] Hamilton is really strong mentally; this is what you need to be a champion.

Q: Finally, what do you hope to achieve by the end of 2012?

LR: Success!

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