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Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bianchi eager to prolong Marussia stay

Ferrari academy driver Jules Bianchi says he is keen to stay with Marussia next season. Bianchi joined Marussia during the final pre-season test, after Luiz Razia was unable to fulfil sponsorship agreements. Bianchi spent 2012 as Force India's reserve driver and was a contender for a race seat, but the Silverstone based team opted for Adrian Sutil. The French rookie, who has claimed a best finish of thirteenth place this season, reckons the new regulations in 2014 provides Marussia with an opportunity to make progress. […]

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013

Webber laments young drivers missing Formula 1 shot

Outgoing Red Bull driver Mark Webber says several talented young drivers are unable to reach Formula 1, calling the situation a 'sad state'. Webber, who will retire at the end of the season, pointed to the fate of Dutch driver Robin Frijns as an example. Frijns won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series as a rookie in 2012 and is currently Sauber's reserve driver, although his Formula 1 race prospects appear limited, a situation Webber blames on a lack of money. "When I was on the […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Booth: 2014 Marussia-Ferrari deal unrelated to Bianchi

Marussia team principal John Booth says their deal with Ferrari regarding 2014 power units is unrelated to Jules Bianchi's future. Bianchi is a member of the Ferrari driver academy and has raced for Marussia this season. But Booth insists that the two deals are not related and that the partnership between Ferrari and Marussia does not necessarily mean that Bianchi will remain with the team into 2014. "First of all, with Jules, he is a Ferrari young driver but the two deals are totally separate," […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bianchi feels pressure to push Marussia forward

Jules Bianchi thinks it is possible Marussia is on the verge of breaking into F1's midfield. Since the team debuted as Virgin in 2010, the red and black cars have always occupied the last rows of the grid, and Bernie Ecclestone even wanted Marussia to merge with fellow backmarker Caterham ahead of the 2013 season. And as recently as this week, F1's chief executive has proposed a 'customer car' rule be introduced. "Ecclestone says the new rule would particularly benefit Marussia, F1's worst-performing team," F1 […]

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bianchi comfortable ahead of Marussia debut

Marussia rookie Jules Bianchi says he feels comfortable ahead of his F1 debut next weekend. Bianchi steps up to a race seat having spent 2012 with Force India as their reserve driver. The Frenchman replaced initial Marussia signing Luiz Razia and drove the MR02 at the final pre-season test in Barcelona. "So much has happened over the past couple of weeks that it’s difficult to get my head around the fact that I am about to begin my Formula 1 racing career in Melbourne next […]

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013

Razia determined to return to F1 after Marussia departure

Luiz Razia has said he is determined to achieve his dream of racing in Formula One, despite losing his Marussia seat just two weeks before the first race of the season. Razia was signed to the team to replace Timo Glock, but his contract was terminated after just 23 days when a sponsor failed to keep to Marussia's contractual agreements. Marussia will now run Jules Bianchi alongside Max Chilton. "I'm in a kind of shock, because you expect to be in F1, you are there, […]

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013

Bianchi replaces Razia at Marussia for 2013

Jules Bianchi will make his F1 debut this season after signing for Marussia. The Frenchman replaces Luiz Razia, who was signed for the team during the first pre-season test at Jerez. "We are very pleased to welcome Jules Bianchi to the Marussia F1 Team," said team principal John Booth. "Jules is a proven talent who is highly regarded within the Paddock. He has been on a clear trajectory towards Formula 1 and has achieved some impressive performances through the various feeder formulae, notably his 2012 […]

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013

Kovalainen, not Petrov, in running for Razia's seat

Heikki Kovalainen has emerged as a surprise contender to keep his Formula One career alive in 2013. Ousted by Caterham, the Finn is reportedly in talks with Marussia about replacing the Brazilian Luiz Razia, whose F1 debut is on the skids over delayed sponsorship payments. MTV3, the Finnish broadcaster, is citing 'several credible sources' in reporting that 31-year-old Kovalainen is in with a shout of becoming Max Chilton's teammate. Multiple other media sources are reporting the same, based on swirling rumours in the Barcelona paddock […]

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Razia's F1 debut now in serious doubt

As the F1 teams prepare for the final pre-season test in Barcelona, Brazilian rookie Luiz Razia's Formula One future appears in tatters. The 23-year-old was left out of Marussia's entire schedule for the recent Barcelona test, with the team saying only that it wanted to benefit from the "consistency" of having Max Chilton in the car for every day of running. Razia, however, confirmed there are "conflicts" relating to his 2013 contract, because of "parties with responsibilities". He is almost certainly confirming rumours that his […]

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013

Razia left out of Marussia's Barcelona test

Luiz Razia, Marussia's second race driver for 2013, has been left out of this week's testing in Barcelona. The situation is causing alarm within Brazil's F1 media ranks, and raising doubts about whether the 23-year-old's new contract is now in doubt, or whether Max Chilton is simply the clear and favoured 'number 1'. Brazilian Razia was scheduled to run for two of the four days in Spain, but Marussia said the programme was changed to exclude Razia because it "made sense to keep Max in […]

Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013

What's it going to be then, eh?

Recent events have focused on the subject of 'pay drivers' in the sport. Rather than being critical, there needs to be focus on why teams have resorted to using them...

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glock suggests rookie line-up tough for Marussia

Former Marussia driver Timo Glock believes the team will struggle with an all-rookie line-up in 2013. Glock raced for the team between 2010 and 2012 but stood aside in order for Marussia to sign Luiz Razia, who comes with financial backing. Marussia will field Razia alongside Max Chilton, meaning that the GP2 graduates will form the first all rookie line-up since HRT in 2010. "It's definitely not going to be easy for them, especially in testing, where you need to be able to make the […]