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The Marussia F1 Team has signed up Britain’s Max Chilton as reserve driver until the end of the 2012 season. The GP2 man hails from Surrey and is the younger brother of touring car driver Tom.
Chilton will now take part in all engineering debriefs and will be on-hand to deputise for Timo Glock and Charles Pic, should either be unable to race. The 21-year-old, who has won one GP2 race and clocked up two poles this season, will begin work in Japan.
“I’m delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity to be part of the Marussia F1 Team for the remainder of the 2012 season,” he says on Thursday. “My experience with the team at Silverstone for the Young Driver Test was a great taste of how F1 operates and I’m so excited to be able to extend that into a proper working relationship as Reserve Driver.
“I feel like my racing has really matured this season and to now be able to combine that with real insight into the engineering activities of an F1 team, and the level of preparation required of an F1 driver, really moves my career onto the next level. I’d like to thank the team once again for this opportunity.”
John Booth explains that the decision is a further bid from the team to support up and coming talents. Chilton also brings backing from the AON corporation.
“We reinforced our support for GP2 as the key stepping stone this season, by joining forces with Carlin to form the Marussia Carlin GP2 entry,” the Team Principal begins. “Max Chilton’s impressive performances for the team this season have gone far from unnoticed and he seems to mature with each new round. We were all delighted to see him convert that into, first, his maiden pole position and then his inaugural victory in Hungary last month. We look forward to having him on-board as part of the team.”
There have been no recent updates on the condition of Marussia tester María de Villota, who continues to recover following numerous visits to Spanish hospitals and eye clinics.
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