The Marussia F1 Team has named Max Chilton as its reserve driver for the six remaining races of the season. The team’s test driver Maria de Villota was injured during an aerodynamic tests in the run-up to the British Grand Prix. Chilton will join with the team at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on October 7.
He is the son of insurance magnate Grahame Chilton, who is Vice Chairman of Aon Group, one of the world’s largest insurance groups, with assets of $29.5 billion and profits in 2011 of just under $1 billion. Chilton owns the Carlin team, which runs cars in GP2, the Renault World Series, British Formula 3 Championship and GP3.
There have been rumours for some time that Chilton might buy into the Russian-owned team in order to assist his son’s career. These have been denied by the team.