'It's starting to come together' – Chilton
15 April 2013 – Max Chilton believes his debut Formula 1 season is now showing signs of serious progression, having bounced back from issues in the early stages of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend to finish Sunday's race ahead of key rival Giedo van der Garde.
The Briton endured two stoppages at Shanghai on Friday, before a water pressure problem prevented him from completing his final Q1 run. Although he was unable to get on terms with the second Caterham of Charles Pic and team-mate Jules Bianchi, the 21-year-old drew confidence from his 17th place finish.
"I think we have good reason to focus on the positives as the race went well for me and the car felt good," Chilton reflected after the 56-lap race. "I’m pleased that we end our time in China on a stronger note after a few challenges along the way.
"Looking at what has been a good race and also the signs from practice earlier in the weekend, it’s all starting to come together I think. We brought home another good combined result for the team and demonstrated that we can understand and respond to issues quickly to achieve the right outcome."
Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Chilton is hoping that the technical gremlins he suffered in China will be a thing of the past.
"I hope that we will have an easier time of it in Bahrain so I can make another positive start and then have the opportunity to maintain that momentum," he summed up.
Bianchi, a member of Ferrari's young driver programme, finished 15th in the sister Marussia, recording a personal best lap time 0.441 seconds quicker than Chilton.