F1 » 23 June 2013
Chilton relishing Silverstone atmosphere
Max Chilton looks forward to competing in his first F1 race on home soil
Max Chilton says he is looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd at Silverstone next weekend, and is hoping Marussia's updates will allow for a strong weekend
Chilton, in his debut year in F1, has completed every lap of the seven grands prix so far this season, with a 14th place finish in Monaco providing the highlight.
The Brit says his home grand prix is always special, and has hailed the atmosphere that his home fans create on race weekends.
“The British Grand Prix is really special, and for so many reasons, so to be able to call it my home Grand Prix is pretty incredible and without doubt it will be the highlight of my debut season so far,” he said.
“It is also the team's home race and Silverstone is just 18 miles from our base in Banbury, so we're racing in our own backyard with fantastic support from our fans, our team and our partners right here on our doorstep.
“It doesn't get much better than that, apart from bringing home a great result of course, which is what we'll all be pushing for. I know from having raced at Silverstone previously that the atmosphere is electric, with a sea of Union Jack flags and some big noise coming from the grandstands. I'm sure it will be better than ever this year with four British drivers in the mix. “
Chilton also says he is excited at the opportunity to drive at Silverstone again, and hopes Marussia's updates can allow for a solid weekend.
“As for the circuit itself, it has always been a real driver's track with a character all if its own,” he added.
“The high-speed corners make it really exciting to drive, particularly Copse, Becketts and Stowe. We have a few small developments for this race but we are also still making progress with the updates we brought prior to that, so I'm optimistic that we will be able to put a good weekend together on track. Off-track, it's looking very busy but exciting, with a lot of media activity and appearances. All in all, I can't wait.”
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