The Brit describes the race as like “racing around our own backyard” due to Marussia’s close proximity to the track. Speaking in a team statement ahead of the next round of the season, Chilton said: “The British Grand Prix is really special, and for so many reasons, so to be able to call it my home Grand Prix is pretty incredible and without doubt it will be the highlight of my debut season so far.
“It is also the Team’s home race and Silverstone is just 18 miles from our base in Banbury, so we’re racing in our own backyard with fantastic support from our fans, our Team and our Partners right here on our doorstep.”
Regarding the circuit itself, he describes it as a “real driver’s track with a character all if its own. The high-speed corners make it really exciting to drive, particularly Copse, Becketts and Stowe. We have a few small developments for this race but we are also still making progress with the updates we brought prior to that, so I’m optimistic that we will be able to put a good weekend together on track.
The rookie’s team-mate Jules Bianchi is also “really looking forward to” returning to Silverstone. Speaking about his objectives for the race weekend, he said: “It is also an important weekend for the whole Team and I too will be looking to achieve my objectives – to contribute to a good overall team result and keep up the fight with the cars around us. As for the track, I really like it, having raced here before in different formulae. It is one of the best tracks on the calendar in my opinion – very fast, challenging and technical. I’ve done some good preparation and now I can’t wait to start running on Friday.”
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