Max Chilton says he’d like to benefit from continuity by staying with Marussia for a second season in 2014.
His team mate Jules Bianchi has already been confirmed, but thus far there has been no firm word on Chilton’s future. Inevitably other drivers have been linked to the seat, but equally Chilton’s budget is of potential interest to other teams.
“There’s been lots of chat, but we’re not far off it,” Chilton told this writer. “We’re just trying to get the final details sorted. I try not to worry about all the other stuff you hear, because a lot of it is gossip. As long as we know what we’re up to and the team want me back.
“I’ve said that continuity is key. I learned that with Carlin [in GP2]. The car was quick but because the team was not 100% fused we didn’t have many results. The next year I suddenly had podiums, poles, wins and finished fourth from 20th the year before, in exactly the same car. I’d like to think that if I had another year back here it would be a stronger year.”
Chilton says that the new partnership with Ferrari can only be positive.
“I think it’s really good for the team. Ferrari have been around a seriously long time and they’ve got a lot of knowledge. That will help us. Also in the past when they do big rule changes it tends to stir it up, at least for the first four or five races or half a season. If we play our cards right and we get some good information from Ferrari you never know what will happen in Australia next year.”