With the announcement that Caterham has signed up Giedo van der Garde, there are just two seats remaining on the Formula One grid for the 2013 season with one being at Force India alongside Paul di Resta, and the other at Marussia alongside rookie Max Chilton. This morning a number of news outlets were reporting that the Marussia seat is set to go to Brazilian driver Luiz Razia.
Razia is a veteran of the GP2 series since 2009 and last year won four races for the the Arden team. He finished runner up to Davide Valsecchi in the championship. Razia was a test driver for the team, then known as Virgin, in 2010 and was a test driver for the Caterham team, then known as Lotus, in 2011.
The signing would leave just one seat remaining on the 2013 grid alongside di Resta. Force India launched its new car last week with di Resta pulling the covers off the car without his yet to be named teammate. That team mate could be in the form of former grand prix driver Adrian Sutil, or rookie Frenchman Jules Bianchi.
Force India’s Deputy Principal, Bob Fernley told Reuters however, that the team will not rush into a decision as it gives greater consideration to hiring a driver that could serve the team in 2014 when the technical regulations for the sport will be revolutionised.
Other candidates for the seat currently being considered include Russian Vitaly Petrov and Brazilian Bruno Senna.
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