Razia ‘in shock’ following Marussia axing

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After it was announced earlier today that Luiz Razia had been dropped from Marussia’s 2013 line up, the Brazilian driver has revealed his shock at losing his seat in an interview with British publication Autosport.

Razia’s sponsors failed to meet the terms of their contract with Marussia, and despite efforts to save his place in the sport, he was forced to give up the seat to Ferrari academy driver Jules Bianchi.

“I’m in a kind of shock, because you expect to be in F1, you are there, announced, testing, and then you are out, and not because of a driver fault.

“It was really just a circumstantial thing that happened, and that was it.”

Razia joined Marussia at the beginning of last month following a superb season in GP2, finishing second to champion Davide Valsecchi. Although much was expected of the young Brazilian, his performance in Jerez was by no means spectacular. He then failed to partake in the second test in Barcelona due to the contract issues, with Max Chilton benefiting from the additional track time. Bianchi will debut for Marussia tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Despite the turn of events, Razia has made his desire to race in Formula One clear.

“My main goal is to be in F1, so all my effort is there. I am now without any grounds, but I will go with my family, and we will be sad for a while, but I will get back to the category.

“I need to find a situation where I am going to be feel competitive, where I can overcome this and get back in the car as soon as possible. I will see what is best for me now and put together what I need to be in F1. For now, I just need to regroup my thoughts.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.