"I am happy with my F1 début," said the British driver. "Although it was less than straightforward, it's good to get it under my belt and to know where we stand relative to the competition."
Chilton was one of the first to visit pit lane on Sunday afternoon, after an encounter with the Caterham driver who would prove to be his nemesis throughout the Melbourne race.
"The coming-together with van der Garde early in the race damaged my front wing, which meant I had to stop for a wing change," he explained. "This put me back out on track such that I hit the blue flag period and it was a bit of a battle to recover the ground I lost.
"I had a really good fight with van der Garde and closed the gap enough to be able to pass him," he continued. "From there I was able to demonstrate more of my true pace and I was posting laps around three seconds faster than him."
Overall Chilton was happy with his performance and delighted to be able to bring the car home in one piece without suffering from a retirement.
"Although the race had its frustrations, I feel like I've learned a lot that I perhaps wouldn't have learned otherwise," he said. "That will be useful experience over the next few races.
"I'm looking forward to Malaysia now, so I can roll all that back into my racing and be able to take the fight to the midfield pack."