Luiz Razia appeared ready to ascend to Formula One last winter but was unable to hold onto his ride at Marussia (pictured) due to sponsorship issues. Now the Brazilian driver may be looking at the IndyCar Series instead.
While also mentioning the DTM touring car series as another possibility, Razia recently told French site SportAuto that he has the agent of former Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time CART champion Gil de Ferran talking to IndyCar teams about a potential program in 2014.
After serving as a test driver for Virgin Racing (now Marussia) in 2010 and Team Lotus (now Caterham) in 2011, Razia finished second in the 2012 GP2 championship and signed with Marussia this past February.
But the aforementioned funding problems forced Marussia to terminate its contract with him, and the team wound up replacing him with Jules Bianchi, who put together a quietly impressive first season despite having little time to get used to the team and its car. With his F1 hopes dashed, Razia kept busy this season in the International GT Open sports car series.
Razia has also taken time to share his two cents on Toro Rosso’s decision to pass over Antonio Felix da Costa in favor of 19-year-old Russian driver Daniil Kvyat for a 2014 race seat in F1.
da Costa has landed a test role with World Champions Red Bull instead, but Razia still believes that da Costa should have gotten the Toro Rosso seat.
“The strange thing is not the fact that [Kvyat] is coming from GP3,” he said to Brazilian publication TotalRace. “A driver can demonstrate his talent in many categories. What I’m saying it that there is a loss of momentum.”
Razia also noted da Costa’s competitiveness in Formula Renault 3.5 this past year; he earned three wins and wound up third in the championship behind winner Kevin Magnussen (who is now preparing for his rookie F1 campaign with McLaren) and Stoffel Vandoorne.
While admitting that he is “the devil’s advocate” as he is a friend of da Costa’s, Razia feels other factors were at play in Kvyat’s promotion such as a need to have a Russian on the grid for the country’s inaugural Grand Prix this coming season at Sochi.
“[F1] is a very political category, and [Kvyat] is even sponsored by a Russian bank,” he said. “Toro Rosso has difficulties, as everyone does, so it was a situation where everything fell into place for him.”