'Chilton gave up seat for team to sell'
21 August 2014 – Max Chilton's PR company has issued a statement on behalf of the Briton claiming that he gave up his cockpit for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend to allow Marussia to raise funds by "selling" it on.
Marussia announced earlier on Thursday that reserve driver Alexander Rossi, who switched from Caterham last month, is to take over Chilton's car for the Spa-Francorchamps event, partnering the continuing Jules Bianchi.
Marussia claimed that "contractual issues" were behind the move, but Chilton's statement suggests otherwise.
"Max Chilton has volunteered to step out of his race seat for this weekend's race at Spa to allow the team to attract much-needed funds by selling his seat," read the statement.
"Max will attend the race and be on hand to support the team in any way possible."
The statement indicated that Chilton will be back in the car for the Italian Grand Prix.
"Marussia are currently in talks with several new investors and it is expected that the situation will be resolved before the next F1 race in the calendar at Monza," it added.
Chilton was contesting his second Formula 1 season with Marussia after graduating from GP2.