F1 » Chilton's Friday run confirmed

Marussia F1 reserve Max Chilton will be given the chance to measure himself against the current grand prix field on the opening morning of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Jon M - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 10:50 AM

Damn, if only my Dad had the money of Graham Chilton.
Ok, I'd still only be a mid-pack club racer at best but still, what a life!

All the money in the world can't buy you talent BUT if you're already in the top 1% it can open the doors to get you into the top 0.1%.

gmac - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 12:48 PM

Not sure about mid pack club racer but Chilton will probably be a mid pack BTCC driver in a couple of years!
I hope he proves me wrong but somehow I doubt it

Nikeros - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 2:21 PM

I have no solution to this pay-driver BS, but I find it thoroughly disgusting. Eventually the entire grid will consist of mediocrity living in mansions. Why don't you go play polo or something Maxy.

KGBVD - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 6:00 PM

And the virgin/marussia merry-go-round continues. Where's Wickens? Oh that's right, had to go to DTM despite being faster than Pic, and beat JEV in FR3.5.

I really wish there were more than 5 teams that could actually afford to pay their drivers...

David Chaste - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 6:50 PM

You can't say all pay drivers are mediocre. There are good ones. (Sergio Perez, Alonso, Sutil, even Schumacher when he was at Jordan...).

Whether it's dad footing the bill or a behemoth corporation, Chilton shouldn't get made of fun simply because his dad is well to do. Deep inside we all would have wanted to be him.

David Chaste - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 7:06 PM

It is a bit disheartening to know of drivers such as Bertrand Baguette, and Robert Wickens, Mikhail Aleshin who simply never got the chance because they didn't have the right connections nor the cash to offer themselves a test.

But i think it has a bit to do with the fact that GP2 is more connected with F1 than Formula Renault 3.5 GP2 have a contract with F1, that all GP2 champions who do not have a backer get a test with Williams. And all GP2 champions except for Pantano have been in F1. And Given that GP2 follows F1, it gives the drivers more exposure so more publicity for sponsors.

gmac - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 7:07 PM

David, not all of us have made negative comments about pay drivers. As you say there have been some very good drivers over the years that have started as pay drivers, Niki Lauda for example.
My comments are based on seeing him race over the last 6 seasons in top teams in F3/GP2 which have been paid for by his dad and not being the standard to race in F1. All in my opinion of course

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