Max Chilton has revealed that he struggled with a balance problem in qualifying ahead of his first British Grand Prix.
The Marussia driver had issues with rear-end stability and, with Silverstone incorporating so many fast sequences of corners, that problem cost the rookie driver a lot of time. Speaking after the session, Chilton acknowledged that there was still work to be done but that his race pace should give him the opportunity to fight with Caterham.
"Today was a struggle in free practice," Chilton admitted to Crash.net
, "We had a balance issue and Silverstone is a high-speed circuit - if you don't have the balance, you'll lose out quite a lot. We improved in qualifying, but so did everyone else.
“We'll have to put it behind us now. In FP2, our race pace was really good. Our race pace is pretty good and Caterham are our target. I think that we should have a pretty close race and, hopefully, get the upper hand."
Racing in front of his home fans for the first time clearly means a lot to the rookie and he was keen to soak up the atmosphere and the experience of racing at home.
"It's an amazing experience,” Chilton smiled, “The crowd have been here since Wednesday and there's Union Jacks everywhere.. The fans are here all the time and it's a great weekend. I can't wait to do the drivers' parade tomorrow and see all the fans."
by Stephen English at Silverstone