Chilton refuses to dwell on car failure
5 February 2013 – Max Chilton has described the new Marussia MR02 as 'a very promising package' after testing it for the first time at Jerez, refusing to dwell on the suspension failure that cut his opening day short. The 21-year-old completed 29 laps before the technical issue forced him into a high-speed spin at Dry Sack, ultimately ending the day in 11th.
"This afternoon’s problem aside, I’m really happy with the start we have made to our 2013 campaign," said Chilton, whose team is running KERS for the first time at Jerez. "With a new car there is always the potential for something to crop up and cut short the programme, but for the morning everything went according to plan, which is just the start we needed.
"I’m sure the team will get on top of the suspension issue very quickly so we can all pick up where we left off and start putting some more miles on what is obviously a very promising package."
Chilton's team-mate for the 2013 campaign has not yet been announced by Marussia, but former GP2 rival Luiz Razia has been widely tipped to fill the vacant seat.