Chilton: I was saved by a matter of inches
7 July 2014 – Max Chilton believes he was fortunate to escape serious injury in the British Grand Prix last weekend when he got caught up in Kimi Räikkönen's huge crash on the opening lap.
The incident occurred on the exit of Aintree, with Räikkönen, who had taken to the vast run-off area in his Ferrari, then snapping to the right when he re-joined the circuit and slamming into the barriers. In the chaos a loose tyre was released under impact bouncing onto Chilton's Marussia and resulting in significant front end damage.
"I am lucky to be here. It was frightening, to be honest," Chilton told The Sun. "It was a tense moment because Räikkönen looked like he had regained control and then he hit the barrier, which is at 45 degrees. It was like an explosion and suddenly an alloy came flying towards me. I just ducked and it hit the nose of my car. I was saved by a matter of inches and I'm just glad I'm still here."
Marussia Team Principal John Booth added: "A very eventful first lap today and luckily the only damage as far as our team was concerned was damage to Max's car rather than himself, so he was extremely lucky in this respect."
Chilton's car was then repaired during the long stoppage period and despite picking up a stop-go penalty for pitting when the race was red flagged, he went on to finish 16th, with Jules Bianchi two spots ahead in the sister car.