Marussia retain Chilton for 2014
The team’s president and sporting director Graeme Lowdon announced the news on the F1 Racing Magazine stage at the 2014 Autosport International Show in Birmingham.
Chilton broke a new record in 2013 by finishing every race in his rookie campaign. He had a steady season and improved throughout the year, cutting the deficit to his team-mate after a difficult first few races.
“I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 Team into a second season. Continuity is important for the Team but also for me as a driver,” said the 22-year-old. “You learn such a lot in your debut season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential.
“That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I’ll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition. I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for their continued faith and support. They are a great bunch of people who are extremely hard-working and ambitious and I can’t wait to embark on our 2014 season challenge together.”
Lowdon commented on the news, saying: “We are delighted to announce Max directly to an audience of Formula 1 fans at the Autosport International Show today. Judging by the warm reaction we received at the Show, they felt it was well worth the wait to hear the news first hand and we at the Marussia F1 Team felt it was a fitting reward for the incredible support we receive from them. It was great to see Max and Jules developing during their debut season last year, rewarding our confidence in such a young but obviously talented line-up.”
Team principal John Booth said: “We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the Team into the 2014 season. In view of next year’s regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward.
“With our race driver line-up complete we can now focus all of our attentions on our 2014 car and moving the Marussia F1 Team to the next level. After our success in achieving 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign.”
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