New Brit on the Block?

There is continued speculation that Max Chilton, 21 year-old brother of touring car racer Tom, is on the verge of securing a race drive with the Marussia F1 team next season. Chilton has raced this season for the Marussia-Carlin GP2 team, and finished fourth in the standings with two feature-race wins to his name.

Chilton will drive the Marussia in place of regular driver Charles Pic in the first practice session at Abu Dhabi today, and is reported in some quarters to have secured backing from two sponsors for next season. However, he insists the deal is not yet done. Should he be given the drive he will become the fourth British driver on the grid, assuming Paul di Resta continues at Force India.

Along with the talk about Chilton there are also stories about Charles Pic moving to Caterham for next season. The young Frenchman has done a competent job at Marussia, alongside Timo Glock, this season and is said to have backing available. He remains highly regarded by some in the business.

Meanwhile, Ferrari is reported to have broken the imposed curfew – teams are allowed four exceptions per season – at Abu Dhabi by starting work early on Friday morning. The team is putting everything it has into the weekend as it strives to restore Fernando Alonso to the head of the championship table.

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2 Responses to New Brit on the Block?

  1. forzaminardi says:

    Funny how we hear that drivers need megabucks of sponsorship to get their foot in the F1 door and that traditionally Britain has been useless at providing backing to its drivers – yet we’ve always had a good representation on the grid. Granted, Hamilton and Button forced their way in largely on basis of their talent when the economic environment was better, but di Resta came along as a well-qualified candidate, and now Chilton. I guess respectively Mercedes support and Daddy’s chequebook have helped them, but that’s not materially different to the backing the likes of Pic et al have brought from their own supporters. I don’t see Chilton as a future star or anything, but he’d be an interesting addition to the grid.

    I like this blog, I think you should try to be more arrogant and racist with your opinions though. Also you need to insult your readers more and try to force them to buy an “e-magazine” (as if you’d know what the f*ck that is). 😉

    • stevesf1site says:

      Thank you for your comments, ForzaM. I shall consider your advice. Fortunately, unlike some unlucky souls, I don’t have to travel the world following F1 and getting upgraded thanks to my Emirates Gold Card while brandishing my Permanent FIA Paddock pass, so I may have the time to be a little more offensive occasionally.

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