Chilton aiming for qualifying improvement
Max Chilton has admitted ahead of this weekends German Grand Prix that his “first objective” is to improve his qualifying performance after struggling at his home race at Silverstone, qualifying 1.5 seconds down on his team-mate Jules Bianchi.
Speaking in a team statement the rookie said: “Qualifying is an area we particularly need to improve on, so that’s the first objective.” Looking back at last weekend, the Brit “really enjoyed the experience” of racing on home soil.
However F1 is fast paced and now he is off to Germany for the ninth round of the season: “Such is the pace of F1 though we are already heading into our next race weekend, this time in Germany. With just a few days between races, I’ve spent those training before heading out on Wednesday. I’ve also caught up with my engineers on what we learned from the race and we’ll continue that process over the next couple of days as we need to give ourselves the best possible run-up to the weekend.”
He has also finished every race this season, something he is very proud of: “I’m very pleased with my record of finishes – eight in eight races – so naturally I’m keen to keep that going.”
Team-mate Jules Bianchi revealed that they failed to meet their set objectives at Silverstone and can’t believe that the half-way point of the season is upon us: “It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the middle of the season. The races are really starting to come quickly, so it is especially important that we stay focused now, as in Silverstone we didn’t achieve our objective of staying ahead of the Caterham and we have to turn that situation around again.”
One way to do so is to have better preparation during the three practice sessions: “We need to give ourselves a better chance for the race by having a stronger preparation on Friday and Saturday, to leave us in the best position. I have raced at the Nürburgring on a few occasions previously in the junior formulae – the last time in 2011. I’m looking forward to returning there.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.