Mar 1, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
After it was announced earlier today that Luiz Razia had been dropped from Marussia’s 2013 line up, the Brazilian driver has revealed his shock at losing his seat in an interview with British publication Autosport.
Razia’s sponsors failed to meet the terms of their contract with Marussia, and despite efforts to save his place in the sport, he was forced to give up the seat to Ferrari academy driver Jules Bianchi.
“I’m in a kind of shock, because you expect to be in F1, you are there, announced, testing, and then you are out, and not because of a driver fault.
“It was really just a circumstantial thing that happened, and that was it.”
Razia joined Marussia at the beginning of last month following a superb season in GP2, finishing second to champion Davide Valsecchi. Although much was expected of the young Brazilian, his performance in Jerez was by no means spectacular. He then failed to partake in the second test in Barcelona due to the contract issues, with Max Chilton benefiting from the additional track time. Bianchi will debut for Marussia tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Despite the turn of events, Razia has made his desire to race in Formula One clear.
“My main goal is to be in F1, so all my effort is there. I am now without any grounds, but I will go with my family, and we will be sad for a while, but I will get back to the category.
“I need to find a situation where I am going to be feel competitive, where I can overcome this and get back in the car as soon as possible. I will see what is best for me now and put together what I need to be in F1. For now, I just need to regroup my thoughts.”
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