Max Chilton

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Max Chilton
Max Chilton 2.jpg
Chilton at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born Maximilian Alexander Chilton
(1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 27)
Reigate, Surrey, England
IndyCar Series career
33 races run over 2 years
Team(s) No. 59 (Carlin)
2017 position 11th
Best finish 11th (2017)
First race 2016 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg)
Last race 2018 ABC Supply 500 (Long Pond)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20132014
Teams Marussia
Entries 35 (35 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2013 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2014 Russian Grand Prix
Related to Tom Chilton (brother)
Previous series
2015
20102012
2009–102011
2009
200709
2007
2007
2005
2005–06
Indy Lights
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula 3
Le Mans Series
Star Mazda Championship
T Cars Autumn Trophy
T Cars

Maximilian Alexander Chilton (born 21 April 1991) is a British racing driver currently racing for Carlin Motorsport in the IndyCar Series. 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 British Touring Car Championship.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chilton was born in Reigate and grew up in Redhill. His father, Grahame Chilton, is a business man who co-owned the insurance company Benfield Group[3] until 2008, when it was taken over by Aon plc for £738m. Chilton became vice-chairman of Aon after the deal and also collected around £77m for his stake.[4] Max Chilton was educated at Ardingly College from 2000 to 2008. His brother, Tom Chilton, is also a racing driver.

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 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 3 season

Chilton made his debut at the second round of the 2007 British Formula 3 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 made one appearance in the Star Mazda Championship, at Laguna Seca – because he was a guest driver, Chilton was ineligible for points. He drove in the 2007 1000km of Silverstone for Arena with his brother Tom, and they finished sixth overall, eight laps down on the winning Peugeot 908 HDi FAP of Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gené.

For 2008 Chilton moved to David Hayle's Hitech Racing, and improved to tenth place in the championship. He recorded pole positions at Monza and Rockingham, and scored two podiums – second in the opening race at Oulton Park and third at Rockingham. He moved to Carlin Motorsport for the 2009 season, taking three pole positions in the first four races. He won twice 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.[5][6] 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.[7] This 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.[8]

Marussia (2012–14)[edit]

Chilton was appointed Marussia F1's testing and reserve driver for the second half of the 2012 season, starting from the Japanese Grand Prix.[9] Chilton competed in the first practice session at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November for Marussia F1.

In December 2012, Nikolai Fomenko, the engineering director of Marussia F1, announced that Chilton would race for the team full-time in 2013.[10] The team confirmed the next day that Chilton would race.[1] Chilton qualified 20th on his debut at the Australian GP. He 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 have finished every race of his rookie season.[11]

On 11 January it was announced that Marussia F1 would be retaining Chilton for the 2014 season.[12] 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.[13] His season ended after Marussia went into administration and then closed down, resulting in Chilton missing the last three races of the season and having no seat for 2015.

IndyCar[edit]

Indy Lights[edit]

With no F1 seat for 2015, Chilton returned to Carlin for testing in order to assist them with their Indy Lights efforts, planning to move on to a full IndyCar Series drive in 2016. Chilton's maiden Indy Lights pole position and race win, taking place on the same weekend as Jules Bianchi's death, was dedicated to his former Formula One teammate and karting rival.[14][15]

IndyCar Series[edit]

On 1 February 2016, Chilton joined Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in the IndyCar Series.[16]

In the 2017 Indianapolis 500, Chilton dominated the latter part of the race and led 47 of the last 72 laps, but ultimately finished fourth. Chilton led the most laps total with 50.[17]

On 13 December 2017 it was announced that Chilton would race for Carlin Motorsport for the 2018 IndyCar Series.[18]

World Endurance Championship[edit]

Nissan (2015)[edit]

Chilton joined Nissan Motorsports to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015.[19] Chilton ran the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the team, retiring after 234 laps due to a suspension failure.[20]

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 3 Championship Arena Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 0 18th
2008 British Formula 3 Championship Hitech Racing 22 0 2 1 2 72 10th
2009 British Formula 3 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 16 0 0 0 0 0 21st
2015 Indy Lights Carlin Motorsport 14 1 3 2 6 258 5th
World Endurance Championship Nissan Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 0 34th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2016 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 16 0 0 1 0 267 19th
2017 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 17 0 0 0 0 396 11th

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 CAT
FEA

18
CAT
SPR

16
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

14
IST
FEA

9
IST
SPR

11
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

19
SIL
SPR

19
HOC
FEA

19
HOC
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

16
SPA
FEA

17
SPA
SPR

11
MNZ
FEA

8
MNZ
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

12
YMC
SPR

12
24th 3
2011 Carlin IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

17
CAT
FEA

12
CAT
SPR

11
MON
FEA

7
MON
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

19
NÜR
FEA

17
NÜR
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

15
SPA
SPR

16
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

18
20th 4
2012 Marussia Carlin GP2 Team SEP
FEA

3
SEP
SPR

7
BHR1
FEA

4
BHR1
SPR

5
BHR2
FEA

5
BHR2
SPR

13
CAT
FEA

7
CAT
SPR

5
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

4
SIL
FEA

9
SIL
SPR

19
HOC
FEA

14
HOC
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

11
SPA
FEA

12
SPA
SPR

22
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

6
MRN
FEA

1
MRN
SPR

19
4th 169

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 YMC1
FEA

16
YMC1
SPR

17
BHR1
FEA

18
BHR1
SPR

12
BHR2
FEA

19
BHR2
SPR

15
18th 2
Ocean Racing Technology YMC2
FEA

8
YMC2
SPR

6
2011 Carlin YMC
FEA

12
YMC
SPR

18
IMO
FEA

22
IMO
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
16
ITA
Ret
SIN
17
JPN
18
RUS
Ret
USA BRA ABU 21st 0

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2015 Carlin Motorsport STP
12
STP
4
LBH
5
ALA
5
ALA
3
IMS
4
IMS
3
INDY
DNS
TOR TOR MIL
6
IOW
1
MDO
2
MDO
2
LAG
11
LAG
3
5th 258

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2016 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
17
PHX
7
LBH
14
ALA
21
IMS
14
INDY
15
DET
21
DET
22
ROA
20
IOW
19
TOR
18
MDO
16
POC
13
TXS
15
WGL
10
SNM
16
19th 267
2017 Honda STP
16
LBH
14
ALA
12
PHX
20
IMS
7
INDY
4
DET
11
DET
15
TXS
8
ROA
9
IOW
14
TOR
7
MDO
15
POC
18
GTW
17
WGL
8
SNM
12
11th 396
2018 Carlin Chevrolet STP
19
PHX
18
LBH
17
ALA
22
IMS
16
INDY
22
DET
20
DET
11
TXS
12
ROA
17
IOW
15
TOR
23
MDO
24
POC
13
GTW
POR
SNM
19th* 179*

* Season still in progress

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2016 Dallara Chevrolet 22 15 Chip Ganassi Racing
2017 Dallara Honda 15 4 Chip Ganassi Racing
2018 Dallara Chevrolet 20 22 Carlin

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2015 Nissan Motorsports LMP1 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6 SIL SPA LMS
Ret
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 34th 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2015 Japan Nissan Motorsports France Olivier Pla
United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 234 DNF DNF

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. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Lewis. "Power Maxed Racing - Tom Chilton signs for PMR". www.powermaxedracing.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Benfield : Group Profile and History". archive.org. 24 August 2006. Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Surrey's Richest 50 2011". surreylife.co.uk. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Chilton for GP2 Asia". Autosport. Vol. 197 no. 13. 24 September 2009. p. 27. 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. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Ben (25 September 2009). "Chilton to race for Addax in Asia". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Charles (28 July 2012). "Chilton fends off Valsecchi to claim maiden GP2 victory at the Hungaroring". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Max Chilton says F1 with Force India test a "lifetime dream come true"". Autosport. 15 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Standing By". MarussiaF1Team.com. Marussia F1. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 October 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Rookie record for Chilton". Sky Sports. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Marussia confirms Chilton for 2014 - GPUpdate.net". gpupdate.net. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pérez, Chilton penalised for Montreal collisions". F1.com. 8 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jules Bianchi's funeral to be held on Tuesday in Nice". AUTOSPORT.com. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Max Chilton dedicates his Indy Lights victory in Iowa to Jules Bianchi". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Straw, Edd (1 February 2016). "Ex-F1 driver Max Chilton joins Ganassi for 2016 IndyCar season". Autosport. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "2017 Indianapolis 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "First all-British team set for IndyCar Series as Carlin sign Max Chilton". BBC Sport. 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-13. 
  19. ^ "Max Chilton and Alex Buncombe have completed Nissan's squad for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO". Endurance-info.com. 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "2015 24 Hours of Le Mans". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 

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