Max Chilton has maintained his 100% finishing record with yet another decent drive in his Marussia towards the rear of the order, once again finishing ahead of team-mate Jules Bianchi whilst the Anglo-Russian outfit’s arch-rivals Caterham endured a double-DNF. The Briton eventually finished 17th, two laps off of the leader.
With rumours circulating the paddock with regards to Max Chilton’s future in Formula 1, the 22-year-old rookie managed to perfect a strong drive towards the rear of the pack during the 60-lap Indian Grand Prix despite a tricky start to the weekend for the Banbury-based outfit. At the start of the race Max Chilton’s 100% reliability record looked to be on the verge of coming to a conclusion, after a minor collision with the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. Whilst the Dutchman returned to the pits to retire, an issue on the left-rear tyre of Chilton’s MR-02 looked to threaten his continuation.
However, the issue in question was soon rectified which allowed Max Chilton to begin concentrating on the remainder of the race and his battle with team-mate Jules Bianchi. Both drivers were running differing strategies, with Bianchi’s expected to allow him to rise ahead of his British counterpart during the latter stages of the race. Although this prediction looked to be true as the race drew to a conclusion, a frustratingly slow stop saw his lead of roughly ten seconds to Chilton evaporate. This enabled the Briton to gain an advantage over his team-mate, in what was another consistent performance from Chilton.
“I’m so happy with my performance in that race.” Explained Max Chilton, “The start was great and with the help of my engineers we did a good job of driving around a problem that at one stage had looked like it might end in retirement. Thankfully it eased and we could set about recovering our strategy, which in the end played out very nicely for me. From the video, the circumstances of the first corner seem pretty clear – I was ahead of van der Garde and he hit both Pic and myself with his front wing. When I looked in my mirrors I could see he had damaged his wing. Overall, it hasn’t been an entirely straightforward weekend but we have been there or thereabouts with the Caterhams on pace and we had it in the car today to do a good job. I’m obviously very happy to maintain my record of finishing every race but it will be an even nicer feeling if I can still be saying that in Brazil!”
With only three races remaining Marussia are still ahead of arch-rivals Caterham in the Constructors’ Championship, thanks to Jules Bianchi’s 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier in the season. Although anything can happen in the high-speed world of Formula 1, the Banbury-based outfit looks well on course to finishing ahead of their rivals for the first time.
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