Max Chilton feels confident that he will remain on the Formula 1 grid for 2014. His team-mate Jules Bianchi was recently announced to be staying at Marussia for next year and the Brit believes his chances of joining him are high.
The 22-year-old had a rocky start to his rookie season, being consistently beaten by Bianchi in both qualifying and the race. However, he has upped his game in recent rounds and has closed the gap. He managed to out-qualify the Caterham duo and his team-mate at the last round in Japan.
Speaking about his future in the official FIA driver press conference he said: “Yeah, I think my chances are looking good. Nothing’s set in stone yet. I’ve learned in GP2 how much continuity can help. I’d love to stay with Marussia again because you always get more out of yourself when you know the team, it’s a natural progression.”
Chilton also confirmed that other teams have been in contact with him. Paddock gossip linked him with a drive at Force India but he is focused on retaining his Marussia seat. “We have been contacted by other teams but at the moment we know where we want to be and we’re not far away from it now,” he added.
Discussing his difficult first few races in F1, Chilton said that it took him longer than expected to get up to speed with competing in the sport: “I think to be honest it took me a little bit longer than I was expecting to kind of get up to speed. I think it’s hard without the testing, but from the August break, when you have a bit of time to go through everything with the team, we had a really good sit down and picked on key areas where you can really enhance your performance.”
After a competitive few races, he believes he had shown that he deserves a place on the grid: “Since then, I think I’ve proved why I deserve to be here and I’m hoping to keep that on until the end of the year.”
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