Marussia Get The Max With Chilton Signing

What was seen as inevitable was finally confirmed as Marussia brought the 2013 grid one step closer to completion, with the announcement that their reserve driver Max Chilton is to be their second driver for the coming season. At 21 years old, he is the youngest Englishman to race in Formula One since Jenson Button made his debut for Williams in 2000.

The youngster has come through the ranks in F3 and GP2 in solid, rather than spectacular, fashion. Driving for Marussia’s sister team in GP2, Chilton claimed two poles and two race victories on his way to finishing fourth on the 2012 championship table. As is common down the lower end of the grid, Chilton is likely to have his financial cause helped by his father having aided funding of his son’s career, being the Vice-Chairman of the insurance giant Aon.

Appointed as the Marussia team’s official reserve driver from the Japanese Grand Prix onwards, he got his first laps on track at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix some weeks later.

“It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling today, with the announcement that I will be racing for the Marussia F1 Team in 2013,” he said.

“It comes at the end of what has been a fantastic year for me, and those steps – my GP2 pole positions and wins, my performances in the F1 Young Driver Test and in FP1 at Abu Dhabi – have given everyone the confidence in my ability to compete at the highest level of motor sport.

“I am very fortunate to have spent the last six races with the Marussia F1 Team as Reserve Driver, which means that instead of a standing start, I am already up to speed and at ease with the people, the culture, the systems and of course, the 2012 package.”

Chilton’s signing means there are now four British drivers on the grid. The last time the British head-count was this high was when the 2003 lineup featured four British drivers.

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