Chilton secures Marussia drive for the remainder of 2014
Max Chilton insists that his Marussia seat is safe for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Chilton was dropped on Thursday ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix due to “contractual issues”, with American racer Alexander Rossi announced ash his replacement, only for Marussia to complete a u-turn during opening practice, confirming that the Englishman would return to his race seat for the remainder of the weekend, less than 24 hours after the initial decision was made.
Asked on Thursday by the media if he would be racing for Marussia for the final seven grands prix of the season, Chilton confirmed: “Yes, what happened was a commercial decision which got changed, and we are now back to normal.
“It’s all been sorted out and it’s now in the past. We’re now looking forward as we’re still in an amazing position as a team.
With his seat for the remainder of this season secure, the 23-year-old has now turned his attention to 2015, and he is confident he can find a place on the grid for next season.
”All I can do is the best job I can,” he said. “I had a good start to the year, but then a couple of races which haven’t been particularly great.
“But I’m always quick here, and there are a couple of tracks coming up I like, so the main thing I can do to help myself for next year is to put in some good performances.
“Off track is not my forte. I leave that with my management, and all they can do is talk to the right people and try to get a deal done before the end of the year.
“It’s always nice as a driver to know you’ve something for the following year before the final race.”
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