Magnussen an option for Marussia
17 October 2013 – Marussia has confirmed that it is in talks with Formula Renault 3.5 title leader and McLaren protege Kevin Magnussen over a potential race seat for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, with Max Chilton's future at the team yet to be determined.
Although Jules Bianchi has already extended his contract with the team, Chilton does not know if he will enjoy the same outcome. And Marussia Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon says there are "three or four drivers" realistically vying to secure the position.
"Like any team that hasn't confirmed drivers, there are a number of possibilities," he told the Press Association. "Certainly Kevin has impressed in the tests he has done, and as a team that has brought young drivers into Formula 1, he is in the frame.
"But there are probably three or four drivers with good potential looking to get into Formula 1, and we're talking to a number of them, along with other teams."
Lowdon insisted, however, that Chilton remains at the top of the list, given the Briton's improving form and the fact that it would ensure continuity for Banbury-based team.
"Max is definitely an option because on the driving side he is doing a really good job," he went on to explain. "There has been real progress in a number of areas. We're really quite keen to see continuity for next year because of the big technical change.
"If we decide to retain the current line-up it would be the first time [since entering the sport in 2010] we go into a new season with two drivers with some experience, so there's something to be said for that. At the moment there is no particular rush."