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Chilton targets qualifying improvement

Max Chilton targets an improvement in qualifying when the F1 season resumes at Spa later this month
Max Chilton says an improvement on his qualifying performance is one of the big targets he is setting himself for the second half of the F1 season.

While the rookie has managed to bring his car to the finish in every race so far, qualifying has proved to be something of an Achilles heel – with the Briton having yet to qualify ahead of Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi.

Speaking to Sporting Life, Chilton admitted to being frustrated by the way in which qualifying had gone through the opening half of the year and said there was room for improvement when racing resumes at Spa.

"I am a little frustrated because qualifying has always been my strong point," he said. "If you look back at my time in Formula Three and GP2, I know I'm a quick driver. Qualifying is the one thing I've always been confident in.

"In qualifying in F1 the gaps have been a lot bigger than they should have, but that's down to a mixture of things. It's not always about looking at the timesheets. Sometimes you really have to know what is going on behind the scenes.

"On the simulators we're always very close because a lot of other things have been put to one side. It's not excuses. There are definitely things I can work on and I'm going to try to succeed at that.

"I know I've made a few mistakes, so it is the area on which I want to improve for the second half of the year because my race pace I've definitely been happy with."

Chilton has only qualified inside the top 20 on four occasions this season.



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F1Rules

August 06, 2013 4:25 PM

lol this is too funny. Chilton should avoid most opportunities for giving interviews. I see F1 fans generally do not like pay drivers. When it's a pay driver with no talent, that's even worse.



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