June 28th, 2013 (F1Plus / G. Keilloh) - There are are four British drivers taking part in this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Of those, it doesn’t seem particularly contentious to say that Max Chilton of the tail end team Marussia has the lowest profile.
Chilton arrived in F1 at the start of the year amid grumbling in some quarters: many reckoned he was but a pay driver without a strong record in the lower formulae. And that he’s struggled to get on terms with his team mate Jules Bianchi, who was parachuted into the Marussia line up at the 11th hour, has strengthened some in this contention. Chilton has yet to qualify ahead of Bianchi (aside from when Bianchi’s engine failed in the Monaco qualifying hour) and is also yet to finish ahead when both have made it to the chequered flag.
Yet, in advance of his first ever home race as an F1 driver, Chilton insisted that in the first seven races of his F1 career he is performing better than is often acknowledged. "Not everything’s been perfect, but sometimes it’s not always how it seems, it’s not always the timesheets which is telling the full picture. I’ve finished every race, I’ve had a fourteenth, so I’m ahead of some drivers in the drivers’ championship. I’ve always done the job the team wanted me to do and I’ve given the feedback they wanted. For sure there’s things I can learn, I’m learning every race, but I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong yet." Chilton gave himself eight out of ten for his performances so far this season.
When asked by F1Plus if anything had surprised him about F1 in his first seven races, Chilton said not: "I’ve taken it all in my stride really, nothing’s kind of surprised. I’ve watched it on TV ever since I was a kid and every year the TV packages get better so you get to see more behind the scenes, so you’ve seen an insight before you even get here. I’ve been on the package for three years so I know how the races work and drivers’ briefings and stuff, so I wouldn’t say anything’s come as a surprise."