Updated: 23/09/2012 18:57 | By pa.press.net

Chilton aiming for F1 place



Max Chilton would 'love' to compete in F1 next season

Max Chilton would 'love' to compete in F1 next season

Max Chilton is determined to ensure there are four Britons on the grid in Formula One next season.

Chilton has been confirmed as Marussia's reserve driver for the remainder of the current F1 campaign, suggesting the possibility of a permanent seat is on the cards for 2013.

Assessing his chances of joining Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta in F1 next season, Chilton said: "I think it's definitely doable, so let's just hope. It would be as good to you as it would me, so I'd love to give the British fans out there another British driver."

After gaining his superlicence earlier this year by completing enough kilometres at the young driver test at Silverstone, Marussia felt the 21-year-old from Reigate deserved the opportunity to step up.

Chilton has this season been competing for Marussia's junior team after they joined forces with Carlin at the start of the campaign.

Financial backing is crucial, however, as Chilton claims support from his father would not be as forthcoming as many believe.

Grahame Chilton is chairman of insurance giants Aon Benfield and vice-chairman of the Aon Group, with Aon a prominent sponsor on his son's Marussia-Carlin GP2 car.

"It's nice to have the name of my dad's company helping out, but it (the money) is not going to come from him," insisted Chilton. "We've still got to work out where the budget is going to come from if we want to do something next year.

"Some people simply think 'Aon' and that's where it will come from, but it's not as easy as that. There are some big companies out there and it would be nice to get some backing.

"I'm like any other driver. I've got to find the budget, which is hard, so I will see how it goes. But to get this now is a great opportunity, and whatever happens next year will happen, but I'm not really focusing on that yet."

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