'Old school' Silverstone excites Chilton

Tuesday 01-July-2014 15:50

Silverstone may have undergone quite a few changes in recent years, but Max Chilton can't wait to return to the "old school" track this weekend.

Chilton made his Silverstone debut last year, just months after the track underwent major renovations, but the Marussia driver believes there are still plenty of the historic features.

"I love the circuit. Silverstone is old school, although it has been renovated quite a lot," he told Press Association Sport. "But you still have some really cool corners - Maggotts, Becketts are awesome. You'd never get bored of going through there flat in an F1 car.

"It's just an awesome home race, and not one of those where there are few spectators. It's one of the most watched of the year. You have all the campers, the helicopters coming in and out, and it's a really good buzz over the whole weekend.

"It's just a good fun weekend, and I'd like to think it will be a good one for us.

"Last year, around Silverstone, Caterham started to catch us up. They were probably a little stronger, but we managed to out-race them - just!

"So if we beat them last year when it wasn't a particularly great time for us, then as we're quite a way ahead of them at the moment we should have had a good weekend.

"But that was last year. I just hope we can carry that on into this year."

Marussia have made major strides this year and they are ninth in the standings on the back of Jules Bianchi's P9 at Monaco. Chilton, whose best performances this year have been a couple of P13s, is hoping for rain so that they can challenge further up the grid.

"Results are determined by the attrition in a race. If there is no attrition we'll be happy with 17th, 18th," he said.

"If there is high attrition, it rains, people have split strategies then you don't know.

"Qualifying is our usual target because it's one where we can plan, so if we can get into Q2 (the middle session of qualifying) then that would be awesome."

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