Marussia confirms Chilton will stay on for 2014 Formula 1 season

11 January, 2014

Max Chilton gets another year in F1 with Marussia

Briton Max Chilton will stay with Marussia next season and drive alongside Jules Bianchi, the Anglo-Russian Formula 1 team said on Saturday.

The 22-year-old made his F1 debut in last year’s Australian Grand Prix and became the first driver to complete every race in his rookie season.

Chilton said, “I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 Team into a second season. Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver. You learn such a lot in your debut season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential.”

Max Chilton in action last year

“That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I’ll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition. I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for … continued faith and support. They are a great bunch of people who are extremely hard-working and ambitious and I can’t wait to embark on our 2014 season challenge together,” added Chilton.

Graeme Lowdon, President and Sporting Director said: ” It was great to see Max and Jules developing during their debut season last year, rewarding our confidence in such a young but obviously talented line-up. I’m sure [that] the fans are as excited as we are to see what our drivers can go on to achieve in their second season with us.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 13 March 2013.

Team Principal John Booth said, “We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the team into the 2014 season. In view of next year’s regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward.”

Booth added, “Max had an impressive debut season last year and, of course, achieved a new rookie record for finishing all 19 races. He can be justifiably proud of the progress he made through the course of 2013. With our race driver line-up complete we can now focus all of our attentions on our 2014 car and moving the Marussia F1 Team to the next level. After our success in achieving 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign.” (Reuters-Apex)

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  • bunko

    It’s sad that some teams are forced to settle for mediocre drivers to be able to raise funds to sustain the team. They keep talking about how Max finished all races last year. But all season, he was much slower than his fellow rookie team mate. Any driver can drive a car below its limit to keep it from breaking down or crashing out.

  • Koos

    Can not agree with you more

  • Butterfly

    I looked up Max Chilton on Wikipedia and I can’t seem to find any championship he’s ever won. Why is the British press even talking about this loser?

  • Kimi4WDC

    @Butterfly

    His dad paying their bills.

  • F1 Novice

    If my dad hadda paid for me to drive in F1 I’d of jumped at the chance – who can blame him for doing just that ?

    You gotta take your chances in life when they are presented to you ;)

  • matthew

    @F1 Novice

    I’m sure everyone here agrees with you, (well… those of us that could fit into an F1 car!) It’s just frustrating to see a subpar driver get an f1 seat when there are so many great drivers just waiting for a chance.

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