The Marussia F1 Team has announced that Max Chilton will make his Formula 1 racing debut with the team in 2013. The 21 year old Briton is the team’s reserve driver, a role he was appointed to with effect from the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix, following an impressive season with the Marussia Carlin GP2 team. He has tested for the team in the 2012 Young Driver Test at Silverstone in July, and the Free Practice 1 session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“We are delighted to welcome Max to the role of race driver with the Marussia F1 Team for the 2013 season,” said team principal John Booth. “We have spent a significant amount of time evaluating his performances during 2012, both in our own car in a testing situation and also from the pitwall as we monitored his progress alongside the other members of our junior talent pool during Grand Prix support races. We felt confident enough in his ability and potential to appoint him to the role of Reserve Driver in September and since that time his development has been rapid in all aspects. First and foremost, he has shown himself to be extremely capable in the car. Most recently, in Abu Dhabi, he was put to the test in a competitive environment which included providing him with an opportunity to demonstrate his outright pace and consistency over a single lap. We saw just how much he has progressed even since the Silverstone test in the summer and through the succession of GP2 races thereafter, when he achieved two pole positions and two race wins. Not only that, Max very quickly embedded himself within the team, thanks in no small part to the fact that he is a lively and affable character who we’ve enjoyed having around. Having been integral to our race weekend engineering environment for the past three months already – as well as having undertaken a significant part of our simulator programme – Max has already found his feet.”