Razia hopeful of F1 chance

By on Friday, October 19, 2012

GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia is optimistic that he can progress his racing career in 2013 with a move up to Formula One.

The Brazilian racer finished behind Davide Valsecchi in this season's feeder series championship and is hopeful that talks can lead to a positive outcome.

"Things are moving in a very positive way for next season. There was a very big doubt at the end of 2011 that I would even be able to keep racing, but after this season – which was a brilliant year for us – it has opened up a lot of opportunities", Razia told Autosport.

"If I didn't have the results it would be difficult to convince teams, but now teams are being positive. It is not easy for anybody trying to get into F1, but at least I have a chance now."

Razia has revealed he is discussing his Formula One chances with several teams and added that he could take part in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi next month.

Razia tested for Force India in France in September, and has previously taken part in a couple of practice sessions for Team Lotus (now Caterham) and Virgin (now Marussia).

"We are in constant contact with three or four teams and actually that is the main goal, I want to be on the grid. There is a possibility for the Abu Dhabi test too, although that is something we need to finalise."

"I know that every single team is looking for sponsorship, but I have some investors who are interested in moving my career on."

"I know a few teams quite well. I have tested before for Force India, and people know I have a good relationship with Caterham and Marussia. They all know I have stepped up a lot this year, and that things went very well in GP2. I not only want to make this push to F1, I am ready to do it"he said.

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