Chilton – I’m lucky to still be here

Chilton – I’m lucky to still be here

Max Chilton says that he was fortunate to narrowly avoid serious injury after his car was struck by a piece of debris from Kimi Raikkonen’s opening lap accident.

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Raikkonen crashed out heavily at Aintree at the entry to the Wellington Straight, hitting the right hand retaining wall before skating across the track, collecting the Williams of Felipe Massa and forcing Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi to take to the grass.

Amid the accident a wheel broke loose, striking Chilton’s Marussia, causing significant damage to the front of the 23-year-old’s car.

“I am lucky to be here,” the Englishman told The Sun. “It was frightening, to be honest.

“It was a tense moment because Räikkönen looked like he had regained control and then he hit the barrier, which is at 45 degrees. It was like an explosion and suddenly an alloy came flying towards me.

“I just ducked and it hit the nose of my car,” he explained. “I was saved by a matter of inches and I’m just glad I’m still here.”

Marussia managed to repair Chilton’s car on the grid during the red flag period, only for the Brit to be handed a stop/go penalty for entering the pit lane under the red flag conditions.

Chilton ultimately came home 16th, the last of the classified cars still running.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.