|Luiz Razia Denied F1 Driver Spot after Last Minute Sponsor Pullout|
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:30
Brazilian racing driver, Luiz Razia has revealed sponsors are to blame for his premature exit from Formula One this year.
Marussia signed French driver Jules Bianchi to race for them this season after terminating the contract of Brazilian Luiz Razia at the last second.
Razia has suggested he was let down by a crucial sponsor just before he could officially join the grid.
"I will sleep tonight, knowing that the failure was circumstantial," the 23-year-old Brazilian told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.
Elsewhere, Razia even sported a smile and a humorous sense of irony, wearing a t-shirt bearing the words 'Dream Killer' for an interview with Brazil's Globo.
"Two individuals who have a company signed a contract with Marussia," he explained. "They paid the first instalment, then they had problems."
Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio estimated the missing payment at EUR 6 million.
"It's been hard for me, of course," Razia admitted. "I need to regroup. But I have faith and sometimes these things happen for us to grow spiritually.
"Right now I am returning home to Milton Keynes to think about what to do with my life."
Returning to his brush with F1 racing stardom, Razia continued: "It was bad luck, not because of a lack of commitment or professionalism on my park.
"I did as much as anyone could do."
He said he is sure Jules Bianchi, his Ferrari-linked replacement at Marussia, is also well sponsored.
"It would be funny if someone didn't think that," insisted Razia. "If that wasn't part of it, I'd be sitting in the car now."