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.