Parente-Razia: Manor GP2 junior team in the works?
December 15, 2009 8 Comments
With this mornings announcement of both Alvaro Parente and Luiz Razia as Manor GP’s test drivers for 2010 season, it seems certain that both of them will be contesting the GP2 series next season. Long gone are the days that an F1 tester had a full-time job, even less in a team with a declared budget of €45 million for next year.
As Hulkenberg, Kobayashi and Grosjean proved last season, an F1 reserve driver can also be a full-time GP2 driver, and I would venture to say that both Parente and Razia will follow this route.
My only question now is if this partnership will point towards a Manor GP2 junior team, with the Portuguese and Brazilian at the wheel. With rumors of Parente going to Racing Engineering (thanks sauber11!), Razia could follow and create a pretty strong team for Alfonso de Orleans. Even with Manor’s limited budget, it wouldn’t take much to sit these 2 drivers in the RE cars, if you factor in personal sponsorship deals and the overall look & feel of an F1 junior team – so popular earlier this decade in the F3000 years.