Razia contemplating IndyCar or Le Mans

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Brazilian driver Luiz Razia is determined not to give up on his dream of racing in Formula One, but he has admitted that without the required funding he may be forced to switch his attention to Le Mans or IndyCar in the near future.

Razia was originally confirmed as a driver for Marussia in 2013, testing the MR-02 car in pre-season. However, his track time was soon handed to his then-teammate Max Chilton whilst his financial problems were solved, but without a solution the team had no choice but to turn him away and instead hire Jules Bianchi. Although Razia believes he has the talent, he acknowledged that without the funding his chances of racing are slim.

“F1 these days is all about the money and second hand is the talent – unfortunately I don’t have money at the moment, so it is looking difficult to get back to it,” Razia explained to Sky Sports. “We had the issue at the beginning of the year and that was the end and we are still trying to sort out the situation.

“The end of August, into September we will still try, but if I don’t see any signs of sponsorship then I will move to sportscars and do GT, Le Mans, something like that.”

Razia also criticized the big step-up from GP2 to Formula One. Razia finished second to Davide Valsecchi in the 2012 championship, but neither driver has secured a full-time seat in F1 with Valsecchi currently working as Lotus’ reserve driver.

“There should be the step forward from GP2 to F1, but with these kinds of budget issues it is difficult to get promoted. So, for sure I am looking for opportunities – even IndyCar would be good if I got the chance. But it is all about getting the chance and if there is a good opportunity coming up I will take it for sure.”

Razia’s comments are nothing new, with many attacking the current state of motorsport that favors finance over ability. The Brazilian driver stated earlier this year that he believes Max Chilton has come into F1 too early, but the Briton’s funding has been enough to secure him a seat at Marussia.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.