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Chilton appointed Marussia reserve 20 Sep 2012

Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Two, Silverstone, England, 13 July 2012 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Two, Silverstone, England, 13 July 2012 Race 1 winner Max Chilton (GBR) Carlin. GP2 Series, Rd9, Budapest, Hungary,27-29 July 2012. Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Two, Silverstone, England, 13 July 2012

Marussia have announced that GP2 star Max Chilton has been promoted from the team’s young driver programme to the position of Formula One reserve for the final six rounds of the year, starting in Japan next month.

“I’m delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity to be part of the Marussia F1 Team,” he commented. “My experience with the team at Silverstone for the young driver test was a great taste of how F1 operates, and I’m so excited to be able to extend that into a proper working relationship as reserve driver at the remaining F1 events this year.”

The British 21 year-old is enjoying an impressive third season in GP2, competing for the Marussia Carlin GP2 Team, which is allied to the F1 team as part of its support for the feeder series. Chilton won round nine of the championship in Hungary from pole position last month and is currently fifth in the standings.

“I feel like my racing has really matured this season and to now be able to combine that with real insight into the engineering activities of an F1 team, and the level of preparation required of an F1 driver, really moves my career onto the next level,” Chilton added. “I’d like to thank the team once again for this opportunity.”

In the role of reserve driver, Chilton will attend all of the remaining 2012 Grands Prix, taking part in the engineering commitments and preparing to deputise for either race driver in the event that they are unable to race.

“As part of our commitment to supporting the next generation of racing talent, we naturally keep a close eye on the feeder formulae, particularly those which race alongside us on the F1 calendar,” explained Marussia team principal John Booth. “We reinforced our support for GP2 as the key stepping stone this season by joining forces with Carlin to form the Marussia Carlin GP2 entry.

“Max Chilton’s impressive performances for the team this season have gone far from unnoticed and he seems to mature with each new round. We were all delighted to see him convert that into, first, his maiden pole position and then his inaugural victory in Hungary last month. An important part of the education of any young driver looking to progress to the highest level of motor sport is spending time working closely with the engineering community and other, more experienced drivers. This is an important element of our young driver programme.

“In the role of our reserve driver for the rest of the 2012 season, Max will be exposed to the demands of competing in Formula One to the extent that he will be fully prepared to step into the MR01 should it be required. Max has already driven the car at our young driver test, so this is an opportunity for him to build on his experience of working with the engineers as well as the other demands placed on our drivers, including marketing activity. We look forward to having him on board as part of the Marussia F1 Team.”

Chilton, brother of World Touring Car driver Tom, has also previously tested with Force India.

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