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Razia in the 2009 GP2 Series season in a Fisichella Motor Sport car at Catalunya

Luiz Tadeu Razia Filho (born 4 April 1989 in Barreiras) is a former Brazilian automobile racing driver. He became South American Formula 3 champion in 2006. He was active in the GP2 series from 2009 to 2012. His best overall finish there was second place in 2012. He raced in the Indy Lights in 2014.

Career

Razia began his formula racing career in 2005 in the South American Formula 3 Championship with Dragão Motorsport. He finished sixth overall with two wins and a total of six places on the podium. In addition, Razia drove for Dragão Motorsport in the Brazilian Formula Renault, finishing tenth overall. In 2006, he again competed for Dragão Motorsport in the South American Formula 3. Razia won seven races with eleven podium finishes and took the championship title ahead of Mario Moraes and Diego Nunes. Razia also competed in three races in the F3000 International Masters for Charouz Racing. He won each race to finish eighth overall.

In 2007, Razia moved to Europe for the Euroseries 3000. He first competed for Fisichella Motor Sport, but switched to ELK Motorsport during the season. He achieved four podium finishes and he finished third overall. In addition, Razia drove four races in Formula Renault 3.5 for GD Racing. In 2008, Razia also competed for ELK Motorsport in both the Euroseries 3000, with Nicolas Prost as his teammate. With two wins, Razia finished fourth overall in the Euroseries 3000 at the end of the season, while Prost won the championship title.

In the 2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series season, Razia competed for Arden International. After a poor start to the season, Razia managed to take his first GP2 victory at the final race in Sakhir. Razia finished 13th overall. In the main European GP2 series, Razia competed for FMS International in 2009, who had changed their name to PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni mid-season. After failing to score any points in the first eight race weekends, Razia won the sprint race at Monza to claim his first GP2 Series victory. At the end of the season, he finished 19th overall. In the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series season, Razia competed in two race weekends. He competed in the first race for the Barwa Addax Team[1] and the season finale for the Rapax Team. He finished 26th in the overall standings.

In late 2009, Razia was signed by Formula One racing team Virgin Racing as a test driver for the 2010 season.[2] In this capacity, he took part in an official Formula One test for the first time as part of the Young Driver Days.[3] In parallel, he competed for the Rapax team in 2010 as teammate to Pastor Maldonado in the GP2 series.[4] With three second places, Razia finished on the podium three times. After scoring regularly at the start of the season, he subsequently went without points for much of the season and only picked up more points at the season finale. While Maldonado won the championship title, Razia finished the season in eleventh place overall. He also completed a race weekend in the national class of the 2010 British Formula 3 Championship.

In 2011, Razia took over the position of test driver at Team Lotus in Formula One.[5] During the season, there were thoughts that Razia could make his racing debut for Lotus at his home race, the Brazilian Grand Prix. However, the racing team decided against it as they were still in a battle with other teams in the Constructors’ Championship. Razia did, however, feature in Friday practice this weekend, as he did earlier at the Chinese Grand Prix.[6] Razia also competed for Caterham Team AirAsia, Lotus’ GP2 racing team, in the GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series.[7] In the GP2-Asia series, he finished 25th overall. In the GP2 series, he finished twelfth overall with a second place as his best result. In addition, he participated in the 2011 GP2 Final.[8] This he finished in third place with a second place as his best result. In 2012, Razia returned to Arden International within the GP2 series.[9] He won the season opener at Sepang and led the overall standings after that event. He subsequently lost this to Davide Valsecchi. With victories in the sprint races at Barcelona, Valencia and Silverstone, he managed to retake the championship lead. However, at the second last race weekend he lost the overall lead again to Valsecchi and Razia eventually became runner-up with 222 points to 247. In addition, Razia completed Formula 1 test drives for Force India.[10]

In 2013, Razia was initially confirmed by Marussia as a regular Formula One driver. He had been a test driver for the team back in 2010, when the team competed under the Virgin name. Razia was given the cockpit at Marussia for which Timo Glock originally had a contract, which had been terminated shortly before.[11] Having taken part in the first week of testing, Razia did not feature in the second. During the third week of testing, Marussia announced that it had terminated Razia’s contract due to problems with its sponsors.[12] Jules Bianchi was introduced as Razia’s successor.[13] Razia then moved to GT racing, driving for Bhai Tech Racing in the International GT Open. Together with Chris van der Drift he won the GTS class once. The two finished the season in eighth place in the GTS standings, while their teammate Giorgio Pantano won that classification.

Razia returned to formula racing in 2014. In North America, he competed for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indy Lights. Razia won the second race of the Liberty Challenge on a road course variant of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished on the podium in four other races. He finished his first season fifth overall, second best on his team. He was defeated by Jack Harvey by 403 to 547 points.

Statistics

Career Stations

  • 2005: South American Formula 3 (6th place)
  • 2005: Brazilian Formula Renault (10th place)
  • 2006: South American Formula 3 (Champion)
  • 2006: F3000 International Masters (8th place)
  • 2007: Euroseries 3000 (3rd place)
  • 2007: Formula Renault 3.5 (38th place)
  • 2008: Euroseries 3000 (4th place)
  • 2009: GP2 Asia Series (13th place)
  • 2009: GP2 Series (19th place)
  • 2010: GP2 Asia Series (26th place)
  • 2010: GP2 Series (11th place)
  • 2010: Formula 1 (test driver)
  • 2011: GP2 Asia Series (25th place)
  • 2011: GP2 Series (12th place)
  • 2011: Formula 1 (test driver)
  • 2012: GP2 Series (2nd place)
  • 2012: Formula 1 (test driver)
  • 2013: International GT Open, GTS (8th place)
  • 2013: Formula 1 (test driver)
  • 2014: Indy Lights (#5)

Web links

Commons: Luiz Razia– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. “More drivers confirmed for GP2 Asia” (Motorsport-Total.com on 21 October 2009)
  2. “Razia second test driver at Virgin” (Motorsport-Total.com on 15 December 2009)
  3. “Virgin: Full programme and praise for Razia” (Motorsport-Total.com on 17 November 2010)
  4. “Luiz Razia and Pastor Maldonado set to join Rapax in 2010 GP2 Series”.gp2series.com, 23 March 2010, archived from theOriginal24March 2010; retrieved 23 March 2010 (English).
  5. “Lotus: three new test drivers?” (Motorsport-Total.com on February 2, 2011)
  6. “Formula 1 – Lotus takes no chances with Razia entry” (Motorsport-Magazin.com on 24 November 2011)
  7. “AirAsia secures Valsecchi and Razia” (autosport.com on February 4, 2011)
  8. “Razia completes young driver line-up for Lotus” (Motorsport-Total.com on 5 November 2011)
  9. “GP2 – Razia returns to Arden” (Motorsport-Magazin.com on 27 February 2012)
  10. Robert Seiwert:“Formula 1 – Bianchi fastest at Magny-Cours for opener”.Two reds in young driver tests. motorsport-magazin.com, 11 September 2012, retrieved 20 October 2012.
  11. Matt Beer:“Marussia signs Luiz Razia for second 2013 Formula 1 seat”.autosport.com, 6 February 2013, retrieved 6 February 2013 (English).
  12. Matt Beer:“Marussia says Luiz Razia release needed to secure financial future”.autosport.com, 1 March 2013, retrieved 1 March 2013.
  13. Robert Seiwert:“Formula 1 – Fix: Bianchi replaces Razia at Marussia”.On the last groove. motorsport-magazin.com, 1 March 2013, retrieved 1 March 2013.