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Chilton eager to prove a point

Max Chilton says he is eager to prove a point when he makes his F1 debut this season with Marussia
Max Chilton says he is eager to prove he is worthy of a place on the F1 grid when the new season gets underway in Australia.

Chilton will make his debut this season with Marussia having been given the chance to move up into a race seat from his position as test and reserve, being partnered for his debut season by Jules Bianchi.

Much has been made in the past about the financial backing the young Briton has been able to count upon as he worked through the motorsport ranks but the 21-year-old said he wanted to show he was on the grid through talent and not simply because he was able to bring sponsorship to the Anglo-Russian outfit.

"There are plenty of pay drivers on the grid and, in my experience, the sport has never changed," he told Sporting Life. "I think it's always been that way, and it probably will always be that way. Some of the legends in our sport had to bring backing to get into it in the first place.

"But the one thing I can say is teams will always look at talent first. They want to see you can put it on pole position and then win races in junior categories. If you've managed both of those, it's then about how you use your opportunity in F1, how you learn from the best and become the best driver possible.

"No team's going to let you behind the wheel if you're not up to it."

Chilton becomes the fourth British driver on the grid this season alongside Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, and he said he was looking forward to joining them on track as he seeks to help Marussia move towards its goal of scoring points.

"For years I've always looked up to them, so it's going to be weird to be on track with them," he said of his fellow Brits. "But I wouldn't have made the step up if I wasn't ready, and I hope we can have a few battles along the way. I believe after my two wins and two poles in GP2 last year I am ready. I know I can do it.

"After three long, hard seasons in F1 the team are yet to score a point. If I can score their first points then that will be an incredible feeling."




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oldtimer - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 2:03 PM

I am not sure just what point he intends to make. his father has paid for the drive and he is in a back of the grid team with no hope of doing anything but occassionally finishing a race in 20/21/22 place. He will be gone when the money runs out and so will Marussia.

F1Fan-ee - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 4:00 PM

The f1 equivalent of Motogp's Karel Abraham. I have no doubt he has skills, he wouldn't of got this far with money alone, however if Marussia really wanted to step up their game, recruiting two rookies probably wasn't the best idea??!? And why has he "for years been looking up to them" ?? a team that has not scored a point, not made top 10 in constructors and is in financial disrepute?? I hope he enjoys his over priced trackday(year) F1 experience



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