Chilton appointed Marussia reserve driver

By on Thursday, September 20, 2012

GP2 racer Max Chilton will be Marussia's reserve driver from the Japanese Grand Prix until the end of the season.

Chilton, 21, currently races for Carlin in the F1 feeder series and picked up a win at the Hungaroring in July.

"I’m delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity to be part of the Marussia F1 Team for the remainder of the 2012 season", says the British driver.

"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"

Team principal John Booth added, " 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 1 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."

No word has been given as to whether Chilton will be given any opportunity in free practice sessions. Chilton has been widely linked to a race seat with the team in 2013.

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