Max Chilton has praised his Marussia mechanics, after they efficiently managed to rectify an unusual brake duct issue on his car during the second practice session. The brake duct in question broke away from his car, as he strove to gain valuable track time after initially giving way to reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez in practice one.
So far this season Max Chilton has silently managed to impress many throughout the Formula 1 paddock, with the Briton currently boasting a 100% finishing record during his debut season. Should he manage to finish this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the final two races in America and Brazil then Max Chilton will set a new record in the sport for becoming the first rookie to finish every race throughout his first season. However, the former GP2 driver’s preparations for his first Formula 1 race around the Yas Marina Circuit included several minor issues, as the 22-year-old both suffered damage to his brake duct and then spun on the exit of Turn 1.
Despite these minor altercations, Max Chilton is fully confident ahead of Sundays’s 55-lap race. After competing around the Yas Marina Circuit in GP2 several years ago and also last season during practice one for Marussia as their reserve driver, the Briton was soon to re-learn the tight and twisty confines of the 5.554km circuit. Although he still ended the second session in 22nd and last position +4.230 seconds behind pace setter Sebastian Vettel, the Reigate-born driver praised his Marussia mechanics for rectifying his brake duct issue to allow him to continue with his preparations for the weekend ahead.
“I’ve driven here before so I am pretty familiar with the track and the acclimatisation was short.” Explained Max Chilton, “Just as I was getting into my run I felt something wrong with my car. It seems that I had a damaged brake duct, but we’re not quite sure how it happened. The guys worked well to replace the duct and turn the car around and I was pleased to get quite a few laps in after that. We are finding our way with the car balance a little but now is a good time to do that as these are the conditions we expect in qualifying and the race. Not a bad start but quite a lot of thinking to do in preparation for FP3.”
Currently Marussia sit ahead of rivals Caterham in the Constructors’ Championship, with only three races remaining on the calendar. Although the Leafield-based outfit would require a 12th place finish or higher, Marussia entered the season-finale last year ahead of their rivals only to be thwarted at the last hurdle in inclement weather conditions. With this in mind, there is no denying that both Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi will continue to try and remain competitive towards the rear of the pack.
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