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Marussia will 'make the right decision' on Razia - Lowdon

ESPN Staff
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Luiz Razia has not driven for Marussia since Jerez © Getty Images
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Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon says the team will "make the right decision" on Luiz Razia's future.

Razia has not appeared for the team since the first pre-season test and admits he is experiencing some "conflicts" with his funding. Marussia again ran Max Chilton at Barcelona on Thursday - the fifth consecutive day he has driven the car - amid reports that Heikki Kovalainen was in talks with the team.

Speaking to Sky Lowdon said that the speculation was understandable after Razia's lack of running but insisted that whatever Marussia decides to do it will be for the benefit of both the team and drivers.

"That's the nature of Formula One, it's filled with competitive people and if you stand still you go backwards it's often said. That kind of speculation is completely understandable, from our point of view within the team it's our job to make the right decision for the team and that includes the drivers. It includes making the right decision for the drivers - we've got a very good relationship with both of the drivers - so it's not unusual to see this kind of speculation."

When it was put to Lowdon that it wouldn't be unusual to see a driver replaced before the first race he replied: "I'm sure it's happened before and I'm sure it'll happen again. That's the nature of Formula One."