Luiz Razia and Jan Charouz will have Friday practice outings at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Team Lotus and HRT F1 have respectively announced.
Brazilian driver Razia had previously held out hopes that he would actually race for Team Lotus at his home race, but the team’s failure to cement tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship (by scoring a points’ finish) has put a dent in his hopes of racing at Interlagos.
The same justification was used by the team for not running Karun Chandhok at the Indian Grand Prix, a decision that deeply upset the Channai-born driver and which has almost certainly irreparably damaged his relationship with the team.
Nonetheless, 22-year-old Razia will have another outing in the T128, his first practice outing since the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this year. Razia also tested for the team at the recent ‘Young Drivers’ test at Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, HRT has announced that Czech driver Jan Charouz will have another outing with the team this weekend, where he will replace Vitantonio Liuzzi in the opening practice session.
Charouz tested for both the Spanish squad and his chief employer, Renault, at the ‘Young Drivers’ test, where he completed enough mileage to qualify for his FIA Superlicense.