Chilton suffering with tyre degradation
23 March 2013 – Max Chilton has blamed significant tyre degradation as the main reason behind his struggles at Sepang so far this weekend, with the Marussia driver unable to get on terms with the new Pirelli compounds ahead of Saturday's qualifying session.
As a result of his ongoing issues, the Briton finished 23rd on the Q1 timesheets, 1.2 seconds adrift of team-mate Jules Bianchi and behind Caterham rival Charles Pic.
"Today has been a tough day for us and unfortunately it didn’t get any better for qualifying," Chilton, who will share the final row with Giedo van der Garde, explained to reporters. "We’ve been dealing with some significant tyre wear issues all weekend and these have hampered our progress quite a bit.
"This left me on the back foot going into qualifying and although the steps I was making to catch up were satisfying, they were always going to be a step behind our true pace. It’s disappointing because had we not suffered quite as much, the performance in the car and there to be taken advantage of."
Despite a difficult start to the weekend, Chilton is confident of outpacing Caterham in Sunday's race and is looking towards making an impression on the midfield cars.
"I’m pretty confident that if we can get the Caterham off the line we can get into the right position and start making an impression on the midfielders," he summed up.