Chilton positive over Marussia race seat
30 November 2012 – Marussia reserve Max Chilton is hopeful that he will be able to secure the team's second race seat for the 2013 campaign, explaining that 'plenty of negotiations' are taking place over his future plans. Following Charles Pic's decision to join close rivals Caterham, a position alongside the experienced Timo Glock is now up for grabs.
"I was glad to see that Charles had gone to Caterham as that has opened up a space at Marussia, where I want to be," Chilton told GPUpdate.net of the current driver market situation. "There are plenty of negotiations going on and I’ve just got to work over the next month or so to try and get that role.
"We’ve obviously got other plans in place if a race seat doesn’t come off, so I may spend another year learning and just developing my skills. But, I really want to get that race seat. I think the team are really enjoying my company and are happy with my speed so hopefully something will come off."
With Marussia introducing KERS for the first time in 2013, Chilton is also positive over the outfit's potential to move up the grid and get closer to the midfield battle.
"Speaking to (Technical Consultant) Pat Symonds on Thursday, next year’s car sounds very, very good," he added. "With the addition of KERS as well, that’s just free time. There’s no loss by installing it, it’s just pure time they’re going to find with that.
"KERS in itself would put us further up the grid and if we’re having the car they say we will then it’s going to be a very promising year. Pat seems to think we’ve found a lot. I think that combined with KERS and everyone’s drive from this year, just losing out on tenth in the last round, the team is looking very strong for next year."
A full interview with Marussia's Max Chilton will be available later on Friday