Luiz Razia  Brazil

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Part of the new generation of Brazilian drivers trying to make their way to Formula One, Luiz Razia made the progression from South American Formula 3 to F1 test driver in just two years, and in 2013 his ability and financial backing look to have secured him a vacant seat at Marussia, only for that funding to fall through as Razia was replaced before the season opener.

He started his single seater career in 2005 and in his second year he had taken the South American F3 title with seven wins from 16 races. In the same year he took part in four rounds of the F3000 Masters at Estoril and won three. He took on a full season of racing in Europe in 2007 in F3000 Euroseries and came third, splitting his time between that championship and Word Series by Renault.

Another year in the F3000 Euroseries followed in 2008 before he moved to the GP2 Asia Series over the winter. He scored a win in the final race of the series in Bahrain, and moved to the European GP2 championship supporting F1. Again a single win was his best result, this time in the sprint race at Monza, and he finished the year 19th overall.

He was presented as a test driver for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Racing team in December 2009 but received very limited testing mileage under the sport's current regulations. He raced in both GP2 Series in 2010, before moving to Team Caterham AirAsia for the 2011 season and switching test roles to another of the new F1 teams; Team Lotus. Free practice appearances in China and Brazil raised his profile somewhat, but he remained in GP2 for 2012 finishing second behind Davide Valsecchi as well as gaining more experience with Force India and Toro Rosso at the Young Driver Tests.

Announced as a Marussia race driver at the first test at Jerez, problems with Razia's funding meant he was replaced by Jules Bianchi in the middle of the final test at Barcelona having only had two days in the car during pre-season.

Strengths and weaknesses
After joining Arden in GP2 in 2012 he was able to show his true potential, taking four wins and finishing runner-up to Valsecchi. But having spent four years in the junior category with just one pole position, questions could be asked about his qualifying pace."

Career High
Second place in GP2 in 2012 was enough to secure him an F1 seat with Marussia

Career Low
Being involved in six accidents in seven races midway through his debut season in GP2.

On getting a test drive with Virgin: "It's so exciting, it's a dream to be a part of a new team."

He has his own Facebook fan site called 'Team Luiz Razia' where he gives away prizes for members that guess the correct podium result at F1 and GP2 races. The group has over 1,000 members.

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