Razia in talks for Team Lotus race debut at Interlagos

Luiz Razia has admitted he is looking for sponsors in order to make his F1 debut with Team Lotus in 2012.

The 22-year-old Brazilian is a reserve and occasional Friday driver this season, and races with Team Lotus boss and owner Tony Fernandes’ GP2 team.

Globo Esporte reports that Razia will be back at the wheel of the T128 in free practice at Interlagos, and the driver revealed that there is an outside chance he will stay in the cockpit for the entire weekend.

“It is very difficult for me, no one knows who is Luiz Razia,” he is quoted as saying. “There are 20 Brazilian drivers out there and I think not everyone has a sponsor.

“If we can change that, a few Brazilians are going to be racing in the future.”

He said he is targeting a race seat for 2012.

“There is a possibility,” revealed Razia. “We are working to get sponsors for next year and it’s a situation that also involves other factors.

“The initial conversation has been going since June. We are working for 2012, but why not start in Brazil? We are in negotiations,” he added.

Globo Esporte said Razia is also in talks to drive on Friday in Abu Dhabi, two weeks before the Interlagos finale.