Chilton set to continue in GP2 with Carlin
19 November 2011 – Max Chilton is ‘99 percent’ certain that he will remain in GP2 with Carlin next year, explaining that his outright pace has been demonstrated on a number of occasions this season. The British driver enjoyed two days of testing for Force India in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, adding to his confidence level ahead of the 2012 campaign.
"Yeah, I think that’s 99 percent done, unless something comes along which I’m not aware of," Chilton told GPUpdate.net when asked if another GP2 term with Carlin is on the agenda. "I haven’t had the best of luck in GP2, but I’ve proven I’ve got the speed.
"I’ve proven throughout this year that I’ve had the speed at some points, I’ve been third or fourth in two or three races with the car breaking down.
"I think that with a roll of good luck next year, I’ve got the speed and the team have got the potential. Carlin is one of the best single seater teams out there."
When questioned about a potential Force India reserve role in 2012, Chilton admitted that although no such talks have occurred, he would be thrilled to spend more time at the wheel.
"I’d love that chance," Chilton added. "Obviously the job I did (in Abu Dhabi) was good enough to impress them and show my potential, but it’s tough out there. This year they’ve had Hülkenberg doing some of the Friday tests, and I think a lot of the teams don’t like having a Friday driver.
"I don’t know what their plans are for next year, so if Hülkenberg does get the seat then they aren’t going to have a reserve.
"It would be good to get that but there is no talk of it yet, I just knew if I did a good job then there was the possibility they would ask. There’s no sign of that yet but that wasn’t the aim, the aim was just to experience an F1 car and give it my best shot."
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