Max Chilton says he is 'satisfied' with his rookie F1 season to date on the back of another finish in the German Grand Prix.
The young Briton has now made it to the chequered flag in the first nine races of his F1 career following a 19th place finish at the Nurburgring, with the 22-year-old maintaining his solid start to life on the grid.
Chilton currently sits 21st in the championship standings thanks to a better finishing record than Giedo van der Garde and said he was pleased with the way his debut campaign had gone so far.
“Overall, I feel satisfied with what I've achieved so far this year,” he told the official F1 website. “I've managed to finish all the races and I've done the job that the team have asked me to do. I've given them feedback and that's what we want when we're building the car and learning. I need to work on a little bit of everything to get more out of myself and the car, but I think I've shown why I'm here.
“As for the rest of the season, it's more of the same in terms of learning, but I think we've got to aim a bit higher now. We've just got to get the car stronger now - that's our main target, as well as beating Caterham. When you finish ahead of the cars around you, it feels like winning the race.”
The Briton admitted however that there were still improvements to be made as he seeks to earn a long-term future in the sport.
“We've got the consistency of finishing races so hopefully we can keep that going and concentrate on improving performance - getting a little bit more out of myself and the car at every race,” he said.” The main thing in Formula One is to progress - you don't want to ever stop that; you need to keep learning and getting better.
“The more miles you do in a car, the better you get to know it. But not only that - as your mileage goes up so does your ability to give better feedback and that enables the team to take more from it and develop the car further. I think [team mate] Jules [Bianchi] and I are doing a good job - we're in our rookie years but I'm told the feedback we give is confident.
“I'm quite a self-critical driver - you've got to analyse yourself, particularly in the early stages of your career. If I make a mistake I'm harsh on myself for one day, but the worst thing you can do is to carry that on and make yourself depressed. You need to learn from it, move on and get yourself training and motivated for the next race - don't ever dwell on the past.”