Marussia confirms Chilton for 2014
11 January 2014 – Max Chilton will contest a second Formula 1 season with Marussia, the Banbury-based outfit announced on Saturday. The Briton, 22, continues alongside the already confirmed Jules Bianchi.
Although the agreement comes more than three months after that of Ferrari protege Bianchi, Marussia chiefs had long communicated their desire to prolong Chilton's stay, with final contractual details the sticking point.
It marks the first time Marussia has named the same line-up for a second successive Formula 1 term.
"I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 Team into a second season," explained Chilton.
"Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver. You learn such a lot in your debut season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential.
"That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I'll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition.
"I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for their continued faith and support."
Team Principal John Booth added his satisfaction at completing the deal and emphasised the importance of retaining both drivers for 2014, with turbocharged 1.6-litre engines and a host of technical changes arriving.
"We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the team into the 2014 season," said Booth.
"In view of next year's regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward.
"Max had an impressive debut season last year and, of course, achieved a new rookie record for finishing all 19 races. He can be justifiably proud of the progress he made through the course of 2013."