Chilton: I deserve an F1 seat in 2014
16 October 2013 – Max Chilton believes he has proven he has got pace and consistency - and he is convinced he has done enough to warrant a second season in F1.
Chilton made the step up to the pinnacle of the sport this year with Marussia, and despite racing with the perennial backmarkers, he is the only driver this year to have finished all 15 races, his best result a 14th place around the streets of Monaco back in May, while last weekend he was 19th in Japan.
“I've proven I've got the pace and consistency, as I'm now the only driver to have finished every race,” the F1 2013 rookie confirmed to Press Association following last weekend’s race at Suzuka
“In F1, like in any sport, it's the whole package. Sometimes it's not always about ultimate pace, you need to prove you can bring the car home in the races. If you're not in it, you can't win it.
“The last five races have been really encouraging, and to do what I did in qualifying [in Japan] was a step in the right direction.”
“I feel I'm showing not just the team, but everyone on the whole, I deserve a seat for next year,” he continued.
“Everyone gets judged, so you have to prove yourself, which is hard for rookies these days because there is so little testing, which means it's going to take part of the season to get up to speed.
“I admit, at times, I haven't got things right, like at Silverstone and Germany, but on the whole it has been pretty good, and since the August break especially I couldn't have done much more.
“I've been really happy with my performance, as have the team, and I've been really happy with them.
“It's going really well.”