Chilton out to make next step in Monaco
21 May 2014 – Marussia's Max Chilton is hoping to achieve a 'realistic next step' over the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.
Chilton sprung a surprise by topping the times during day one of the Barcelona test last week and while he knows he won't suddenly be racing at the front, the 23-year-old was nevertheless encouraged by the changes made to the Ferrari-powered MR03.
"We had a really good test last week and the progress was clear to see," Chilton said. "Although we aren't expecting the timesheets to read in quite the same way as the Barcelona test, what we can be encouraged by is the work we have done to improve the set-up of the car and we can now translate those improvements through to the next events, to help us achieve a realistic next step over the course of a race weekend."
Looking specifically to the event at the Principality, he added: "Next to my home race at Silverstone, there's no better atmosphere than at the Monaco Grand Prix; it's electric. It's perhaps the most demanding race on the calendar, but at the same time, a fantastic experience from start to finish and I really enjoy the track's unique challenges.
"Last year I secured my best result of the season here [and finished in 14th place], so I'll be hoping for more of the same, if not better."