Chilton Retains Marussia Seat for 2014

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With the new Formula One season nearly upon us, all 11 teams have now confirmed their driver line-ups for the new season. Britain’s Max Chilton has retained his position with Marussia ahead of the new season after the Formula One team revealed the young Englishman and French driver Jules Bianchi as their drivers for next year.

The decision to keep Chilton and Bianchi means Marussia are one of only two F1 teams – alongside Mercedes – to head into the new season with the same line-up from last season. the team finishing the year with Caterham as the only teams not to register a point throughout 2013, Marussia will have been encouraged by their performances.

Chilton, 22, made his Formula 1 debut in last year’s Australian Grand Prix, going on to impress in his rookie season by finishing ever race of the season, becoming the first driver to achieve the feat in a debut season and proving more than a few Betfair fans wrong.

While the youngster failed to register a point throughout his first season in F1 – recording a best finish of 14th at Monaco – Chilton is looking to build on his first year in the sport and prove Marussia were right to show faith in him despite the Betfair odds again tipping the team to finish bottom of the constructors’ championship.

“I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 team into a second season,” said Chilton.

“I think continuity is key and we can go into next year with the same driver line-up which really does help. It means we can spend our time developing the car as quickly as we can instead of starting to get to know each other which a lot of the other teams will be doing.”

With the smallest budget of the 11 Formula One teams on the grid, adapting their 2014 cars with the new engine rules won’t have been easy for Marussia, reflected in their Betfair odds ahead of the new season, but the team have recently confirmed they are on-course to be ready for pre-season testing in Spain, putting them ahead of Lotus, who will start training four days later than the rest of the F1 field.

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