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F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Chilton returns after Marussia u-turn

Marussia has confirmed to Crash.net that Max Chilton will now race for the team in the Belgian Grand Prix having yesterday been replaced by Alexander Rossi
Marussia has confirmed to Crash.net that Max Chilton will now race for the team in the Belgian Grand Prix having yesterday been replaced by Alexander Rossi.

On Thursday, Rossi was announced as racing in place of Chilton due to contractual issues for the Briton. The move would have seen Rossi make his F1 race debut. However, Marussia confirmed on Friday morning that Chilton will now return in FP2 and race this weekend, with Rossi completing FP1.

Chilton claimed on Thursday that he had voluntarily stepped aside to allow Marussia to raise funds by selling his seat, but Friday's developments will see Rossi step aside after the first practice session.

With Marussia confirming the news, the change has also been approved by the FIA:

"The Stewards, have received a request from Marussia F1 Team to change the nominated driver Alexander Rossi (Car 42) back to their previously nominated driver Max Chilton (Car 4) for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix," a stewards document read. "In accordance with Article 19 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the Stewards grant permission for this driver change.

"In addition, Marussia F1 Team requested that Alexander Rossi (Car 42) replace Max Chilton (Car 4) in FP1. In accordance with Article 19.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the Stewards grant permission for this request."



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