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Chilton hopes for F1 chance

Max Chilton hopes to take an F1 race seat for the 2013 season
Max Chilton says he is keen to try and ensure there is another British name on the F1 grid next season after being confirmed as test and reserve driver for Marussia from the Japanese Grand Prix onwards.

The team revealed yesterday that Chilton was to be promoted into the role from its Young Driver Programme having produced a number of impressive drives in GP2 this season.

The 21-year-old will now hope to grasp the opportunity with both hands and he said there was a possibility that he could put together a deal to race alongside fellow Britons Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta.

"I think it's definitely doable, so let's just hope,” he told the Press Association. "It would be as good to you as it would me, so I'd love to give the British fans out there another British driver."

Much has been made of Chilton's financial backing as he had worked his way up the motorsport ladder, with his father Grahame being vice-chairman of the Aon Group – a prominent backer of his GP2 progamme and of the World Touring Car Championship programme of elder brother Tom.

However, Chilton insisted that that wouldn't automatically give him a budget to compete in F1.

"It's nice to have the name of my dad's company helping out, but it (the money) is not going to come from him," he said. "We've still got to work out where the budget is going to come from if we want to do something next year.

"Some people simply think 'Aon' and that's where it will come from, but it's not as easy as that. There are some big companies out there and it would be nice to get some backing. I'm like any other driver. I've got to find the budget, which is hard, so I will see how it goes.

"But to get this now is a great opportunity, and whatever happens next year will happen, but I'm not really focusing on that yet."


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Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his pole position at Monza. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his victory in the Hungary feature race. July 2012. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his pole position. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service)
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mjgroves89 - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 10:56 AM

How much rubbish is this?! Not his dad's money?! How do you explain a driver who's won 3races including todays since starting single seaters in 2007 being "in with a shout" of a formula one drive?! This is beyond.a.joke now! Luca Filippi deserves that drive much.more . If he gets the drive it may as well signal the end of formula one as a sport. If it isn't a marketing exercise already

LJ - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 7:06 PM

James Calado is a much better driver than Chilton, but frankly I don't care if Chilton gets into F1 with Marussia next year. It's hard for any driver to impress at that team and frankly if you can't impress you're not going to stay in the sport long.



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