Max Chilton will continue at Marussia F1 for a second full year, the team announced on Saturday at the Autosport International Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

"We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the Team into the 2014 season," said Marrussia team principal John Booth. "Max had an impressive d?but season last year and, of course, achieved a new rookie record for finishing all 19 races. He can be justifiably proud of the progress he made through the course of 2013."

"I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 Team into a second season," contributed Chilton after his 2014 plans were confirmed.

It had fallen to team president and sporting director Graeme Lowdon to make the actual announcement that Chilton will once again be paired with Jules Bianchi as the team's driver selection. Chilton himself was also present on stage for the event.

"It was great to see Max and Jules developing during their d?but season last year, rewarding our confidence in such a young but obviously talented line-up," said Lowden. "I'm sure the fans are as excited as we are to see what our drivers can go on to achieve in their second season with us.

"We are delighted to announce Max directly to an audience of F1 fans," continued Lowden, of the decision to wait until now to make the announcement. "We at the Marussia F1 Team felt it was a fitting reward for the incredible support we receive from them.

"Keeping the fans at the heart of our sport is critical to its continued success," he added.

The fact that Marussia go into 2014 with an unchanged driver line-up is seen by the team as a definite advantage, given the uncertainty involved in the impact of all the technical specification changes coming into effect from the start of the season.

"In view of next year's regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward," agreed Booth.

"With our race driver line-up complete we can now focus all of our attentions on our 2014 car and moving the Marussia F1 Team to the next level," he added. "After our success in achieving 10th place in the constructors' championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign."

"Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver," Chilton pointed out. "You learn such a lot in your d?but season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential.

"That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I'll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition," he said, clearly focussed on winning his first F1 championship points in 2014.

"For sure that is our target - you have got aim high, but you don't want to be unrealistic," he told Sky Sports Online. "I think with these big rule changes, you only have to do a few things right to go up and the top teams only have to do a few things wrong to drop down. For the first few races things will be very mixed up."

Even before Saturday's official announcement, Chilton's name had been listed in the FIA's official 2014 world championship entry list that had been released the previous evening.

Chilton was the only driver listed who has yet to confirm the permanent racing number that he will use in F1, while Caterham is now the only team still to confirm its drivers for the upcoming season.

Marussia's name on the entry list was marked as 'subject to confirmation' but the team said that there was no concern about their cars not being on the grid for the first race of the season, and that all the necessary final paperwork and requisite fee payments will be filed in the next few days.

Lowden told the media on Saturday that Marussia fully intends to take part in the first pre-season test of 2014 at Jerez which gets underway on January 28, unlike the Lotus F1 Team which has decided against attending. Lotus was the only other team also marked as subject to confirmation on the FIA's entry list on Friday.


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