Max Chilton says there have been a number of rumours surrounding his situation at Marussia which are untrue, but is unable to explain what was behind his initial replacement at the team.

Alexander Rossi was announced as replacing Chilton for the Belgian Grand Prix on Thursday, with Marussia citing "contractual issues" as the reason. Chilton's management then issued a statement saying that he had "volunteered" to move aside in order to "allow the team to attract much needed funds by selling his seat".

However, the team then reinstated Chilton for the rest of the race weekend during FP1, but despite Chilton having previously said the matter was due to funding he was keen to stress that the issue was more complex than it appears.

"It has been a busy 24 hours and lots of things have changed," Chilton said. "There have been lots of rumours that aren't true, they're the first thing people think of. There's a lot more going on behind the scenes.

"That's why what happened yesterday was created, but that changed and that's why I got put back in the car.

"What goes on in an F1 team every day, there are lots of people and lots of things are said, and lots of things progress. Lots has gone on. I can't express what, but it's not what everyone seems to think has gone on."

When it was put to Chilton that neither he nor the team was coming out of the situation in a positive light, he maintained that he couldn't elaborate on the reasons behind him being reinstated.

"I fully understand where you are coming from, but I've been under contract with the team for two years and it's not an area the driver should be commenting on. It's a team matter and it got changed overnight, so I'd love to express... I think I've gently persuaded, or let you know it's not what everyone thinks it is, and that's all I can say."

And Chilton said there were no hard feelings between himself and Rossi as a result of the changes over the last 24 hours.

"I'm trying to help the team as much as I can, I've always tried to do that because I really want to get my first points with them. Me and Alex stay close, we shared the same driver room and I wished him the best of luck, and he was very calm about it. He got thrown in late on, and that's why I don't think he was too upset, and we'll stay with friends."


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If Chilton is unhappy with the rumours then perhaps he & Marussia should come out with a proper statement that clarifies what is actually going on and why.
Reading what is said by Max here, I'm still none the wiser about all this and that is bound to just enhance the speculation further.