Max Chilton

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Max Chilton
Max Chilton 2.jpg
Chilton at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix
Born (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 23)
Reigate, Surrey, England
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  British
2014 team Marussia-Ferrari
2014 car # 4
Races 30 (30 starts)
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2013 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix
2013 position 23rd (0 pts)
Max Chilton
Related to Tom Chilton (brother)
Previous series
20102012
2009–102011
2009
200709
2007
2007
2005
2005–06
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
Le Mans Series
Star Mazda Championship
T Cars Autumn Trophy
T Cars

Max Alexander Chilton (born 21 April 1991 in Reigate, Surrey) is a British racing driver. He made his Formula One debut in 2013, racing for the Marussia F1 Team,[1] having previously raced for the Marussia-backed Carlin GP2 Series team in 2012. His brother Tom is also a racing driver, currently competing in the World Touring Car Championship.

Early life[edit]

Chilton was born in Reigate, Surrey. He was educated at Ardingly College from 2000 to 2008.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Chilton started his racing career at the age of 10 in karts where he spent 2 years learning the ropes in cadet karting before stepping up to junior TKM. He started to make a name for himself with J.I.C.A, where he made regular appearances on the podium, before turning his attention to car racing at the age of 14. Throughout this period Chilton was racing in the Super 1 National Kart Championships.

T Cars[edit]

He dovetailed his 2005 karting season with a season in the T Cars championship, for drivers between fourteen and seventeen years of age. He finished eighth in his first season, before going on to finish third in the Autumn Trophy. He continued in T Cars in 2006, where he finished as runner-up to Luciano Bacheta by just three points. He won seven races to Bacheta's six.

Formula Three[edit]

Chilton qualifying for Hitech Racing at the Croft round of the 2008 British Formula Three season.

Chilton made his debut at the second round of the 2007 British Formula Three season for Arena International, despite being below the required age of 16 to take part in the season opener having sought special dispensation on the eve of his 16th birthday. His best result was eleventh, in Bucharest and at Brands Hatch. He also made one appearance in the Star Mazda Championship, at Laguna Seca – because he was a guest driver, Chilton was ineligible for points. He also drove in the 2007 1000km of Silverstone, with brother Tom for Arena, and they finished sixth overall, eight laps down on the winning Peugeot 908 HDi FAP of Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gené.

Chilton returned for a second season, this time moving to David Hayle's Hitech Racing, and improved to tenth place in the championship. He recorded two pole positions at Monza and Rockingham, and scored two podiums – 2nd in the opening race at Oulton Park and third at Rockingham. He moved to Carlin Motorsport for the 2009 season, scoring three pole positions in the first four races. Chilton took two race wins during the season; the first at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, and the second in his final Formula Three race at Brands Hatch.

GP2 Series[edit]

Chilton driving for Carlin at the Monza round of the 2011 GP2 Series season.

Chilton graduated to the GP2 Asia Series for the 2009–10 season, driving for Barwa Addax.[2][3] From there Chilton moved to Ocean Racing Technology for the 2010 GP2 Series season championship with the highest place finish of 5th.

In 2011 Chilton joined his father's Carlin team for the outfit's first foray into GP2, having previously driven for them in Formula Three. Partnered variously by reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin and Álvaro Parente, he finished 22nd in the Asia series and 20th in the main series. He remained with the team, now with backing from the Marussia Formula One team, for the 2012 season alongside Rio Haryanto. He secured his first series podium finish in the feature race of the first round of the championship in Malaysia, and later his first pole position and race victory in the Hungarian feature race.[4] This dramatic improvement in form, allied to consistent points-scoring finishes throughout the season, resulted in Chilton rising to fourth place in the drivers' championship.

Formula One[edit]

Force India (2011)[edit]

Chilton, driving for Marussia, at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

In November 2011 Chilton drove for the Force India team in the Young Driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit. This was his second time driving Formula One machinery following a straight-line aerodynamic test for the team earlier in the year.[5]

Marussia (2012– present)[edit]

2012[edit]

Chilton was later appointed Marussia F1's testing and reserve driver for the second half of the 2012 season, starting from the Japanese Grand Prix.[6] Chilton competed in the First Practice session at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November for Marussia F1.

2013[edit]

In December 2012, Nikolai Fomenko, the engineering director of Marussia F1, announced that Chilton would race for the team full-time in 2013.[7] The team confirmed the next day that Chilton would race.[1] Chilton qualified 20th on his debut at the Australian GP. Chilton achieved his best finish of the season at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, when he finished in 14th place following several retirements. He achieved his best qualifying result of 16th position at the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix in a mixed weather session where he was one of three drivers to go out on slick tyres at the end when the track's condition was improving.

Chilton is the only driver to finish every race of his rookie season.[8]

2014[edit]

On 11 January it was announced that Marussia F1 would be retaining Chilton for the 2014 season.[9] Chilton achieved his best finish to date at the Australian Grand Prix, finishing 13th. He finished 13th again at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Chilton had finished every Formula One race he had contested until the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix, which meant that he had finished 25 consecutive races, 19 of them in his rookie season. This is a record for most classified finishes in a rookie season. Nick Heidfeld holds the record for most consecutive classified finishes at 41. Chilton's Canadian Grand Prix retirement came when he collided with his teammate Jules Bianchi on the first lap, sending the Frenchman into the wall at Turn 4. Chilton received a three-place grid penalty at the following race.[10]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 T Cars  ?  ?  ?  ? 7  ? 8th
T Cars Autumn Trophy 7 0 0 0 4 106 3rd
2006 T Cars Tomax 20 7 7  ? 14 167 2nd
2007 British Formula Three Championship Arena Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 0 18th
2008 British Formula Three Championship Hitech Racing 22 0 2 1 2 72 10th
2009 British Formula Three Championship Carlin Motorsport 20 1 4 2 5 171 4th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 40th
2010 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 20 0 0 0 0 3 25th
2011 GP2 Series Carlin 18 0 0 0 0 4 20th
2012 GP2 Series Marussia Carlin GP2 Team 24 2 2 0 4 169 4th
Formula One Marussia F1 Team Test driver
2013 Formula One Marussia F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2014 Formula One Marussia F1 Team 11 0 0 0 0 0* 21st*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Comtec Racing CAT
SPR
CAT
FEA
SPA
SPR
SPA
FEA
MON
FEA

19
HUN
SPR
HUN
FEA
SIL
SPR
SIL
FEA
BUG
SPR
BUG
FEA
ALG
SPR
ALG
FEA
NÜR
SPR
NÜR
FEA
ALC
SPR
ALC
FEA
40th 0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2010 Ocean Racing Technology ESP
FEA

18
ESP
SPR

16
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

14
TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

11
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

11
GBR
FEA

19
GBR
SPR

19
GER
FEA

19
GER
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

16
BEL
FEA

17
BEL
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

5
ABU
FEA

12
ABU
SPR

12
24th 3
2011 Carlin TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

17
ESP
FEA

12
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

7
MON
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

19
GER
FEA

17
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

15
BEL
SPR

16
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

18
20th 4
2012 Marussia Carlin GP2 Team MYS
FEA

3
MYS
SPR

7
BHR1
FEA

4
BHR1
SPR

5
BHR2
FEA

5
BHR2
SPR

13
ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

5
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

19
GER
FEA

14
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

11
BEL
FEA

12
BEL
SPR

22
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

6
SGP
FEA

1
SGP
SPR

19
4th 169

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 Barwa Addax Team ABU1
FEA

16
ABU1
SPR

17
BHR1
FEA

18
BHR1
SPR

12
BHR2
FEA

19
BHR2
SPR

15
18th 2
Ocean Racing Technology ABU2
FEA

8
ABU2
SPR

6
2011 Carlin ABU
FEA

12
ABU
SPR

18
ITA
FEA

22
ITA
SPR

15
22nd 0

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR01 Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU
TD
USA BRA  –  –
2013 Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR02 Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8 AUS
17
MAL
16
CHN
17
BHR
20
ESP
19
MON
14
CAN
19
GBR
17
GER
19
HUN
17
BEL
19
ITA
20
SIN
17
KOR
17
JPN
19
IND
17
ABU
21
USA
21
BRA
19
23rd 0
2014 Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t AUS
13
MAL
15
BHR
13
CHN
19
ESP
19
MON
14
CAN
Ret
AUT
17
GBR
16
GER
17
HUN
16
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
RUS
USA
BRA
ABU
21st* 0*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "To the Max — Max Chilton will make his Formula 1 racing debut with us in 2013". marussiaf1.com (Marussia F1). 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chilton for GP2 Asia". Autosport 197 (13): p. 27. 24 September 2009. "British F3 race winner Max Chilton will graduate to GP2 Asia this winter. Chilton, 18, will test for Barwa Addax in early October before heading to Abu Dhabi for the season opener at the end of the month." 
  3. ^ Anderson, Ben (25 September 2009). "Chilton to race for Addax in Asia". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Bradley, Charles (2012-07-28). "Chilton fends off Valsecchi to claim maiden GP2 victory at the Hungaroring". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Max Chilton says F1 with Force India test a "lifetime dream come true"". Autosport. 15 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Standing By". MarussiaF1Team.com (Marussia F1). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. "We are very happy to announce that rising star, Max Chilton, has been elevated from our Young Driver Programme to the position of Formula 1 Reserve Driver with effect from the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix next month and for the rest of the current F1 season." 
  7. ^ "Николай Фоменко: "Марусе" нужно объединиться с Петровым" [Nikolay Fomenko: "Marussia" should unite with Petrov]. Izvestia (in Russian) (News Media). 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. "– Кто будет партнером Глока после перехода Шарля Пика в "Катерхэм"? – Резервный пилот – Макс Чилтон." 
  8. ^ "Rookie record for Chilton". Sky Sports. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marussia confirms Chilton for 2014 - GPUpdate.net". gpupdate.net. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pérez, Chilton penalised for Montreal collisions". F1.com. 8 June 2014. 

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