2013 Rookies: Max Chilton

Chilton joins Marussia after becoming their test and reserve driver in the latter half of the 2012 F1 season.

Chilton’s racing career began in T Cars where he finished 3rd and 2nd in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His initial move into single seat racers did not prove as successful with his best result being 4th in the drivers standings in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2009.

His first two years in GP2 saw him finish 25th and 20th in the drivers standings, but in the 2012 season Chilton’s team became the Marussia Carlin GP2 team and he took two wins leaving him 4th in the championship.

Having previously tested a F1 car for Force India Chilton got another chance with Marussia appointing him test driver.

His first outing for the was at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where he set the 22nd fastest time in FP1. However this was just under a second slower than other Marussia driver Timo Glock.

Chilton will partner Timo Glock in his first season in F1

Chilton will partner Timo Glock in his first season in F1

The 21-year-old will not only have to cope with the pressure from his team but also the pressure generated from the British media, who will have high expectations of him.

It would be unfair to predict how Chilton will fair against the other 2013 rookies since he will be in a backmarker car, however if he can get the better of his teammate Glock then this could be the beginning of a long career in F1.

Teammate battle: expect Glock to have the better of Chilton, they may be closer in performance as the season comes to an end.


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