Max Alexander Chilton (born 21 April 1991 in Reigate, Surrey, England, United Kingdom) is a British racing driver. He spent two years in Formula One, driving for Marussia.

His first involvement in F1 was driving at the 2011 Young Driver Test for Force India. He moved to Marussia in 2012 as a test driver, becoming the team's third driver after María de Villota's accident. He was promoted to the team for 2013 and suffered no retirements in his début year. This streak continued until the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix after he collided with his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi on lap 1, retiring both cars. He continued to drive for the team for a second year, with his car number being #4. After Marussia folded and was re-founded as Manor Marussia in early 2015, Chilton was not retained.

He held the record of most finishes from start of career until the 2017 United States Grand Prix, when that was broken by Esteban Ocon, who finished his 26th consecutive race.

He is the younger brother of World Touring Car Championship racer Tom Chilton.


Pre-Formula One[edit | edit source]

Chilton began racing as a teenager in 2005, competing in the T-Cars series, before moving on to British Formula Three and Formula Renault 3.5. In 2010, he made his debut in the GP2 Series and drove in the series until 2012, winning twice in the 2012 season.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Force India[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

In November 2011 Chilton drove for the Force India team in the 2011 Young Driver Test over at the Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit. This was his second time driving Formula One machinery following a straight-line aerodynamic test for the team earlier in the year. In the young driver test he show speed as he came in fifth in the test but it would still be in the GP2 for the 2012 season.

Marussia[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

Chilton made his F1 practice debut at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, replacing Charles Pic in the second Marussia.

2013[edit | edit source]

Chilton was signed up for a full race season at Marussia for 2013. After a deal fell through for Luiz Razia to drive the other car, Jules Bianchi was signed to replace him, creating an all-rookie line-up.

Chilton finished every race in his debut season and in the progress being first driver to ever do so.

2014[edit | edit source]

Max Chilton driving the MR03

Marussia was one of only two teams, the other being Mercedes, to retain its driver line-up from 2013, as the outfit kept both Chilton and Bianchi.

Chilton's best finish was 13th twice at Australia and Bahrain, finishing ahead of his teammate in both races.

Chilton's finishing streak abruptly ended at the Canadian Grand Prix after he collided with his team-mate on the first lap, eliminating both drivers from the race. Chilton appeared to blame Bianchi outright, even though it was clear that he ran into the Frenchman, and was handed a three-place grid penalty for the next race at Austria to add to his woes.

In Belgium, Chilton was initially replaced by Alexander Rossi for the Grand Prix but Marussia director Graeme Lowdon announced during FP1 that the team had reversed their decision, depriving Rossi of his proper Formula One race debut. Chilton was back in the car from FP2 onwards.

Chilton swiftly finished his next five races before retiring again in Italy after crashing out on lap 5. At Russia, driving the sole Marussia in the race, he retired again with a suspension failure, and it was his last Formula One race when the Marussia team went into administration and then later went bankrupt in the wake of Bianchi's huge accident in Japan.

Post-Formula One[edit | edit source]

2015[edit | edit source]

Since Chilton wasn't retained for the 2015 season, he went Stateside to compete in the Indy Lights Series, driving for Carlin, the team which helped him to victory in his GP2 days. He won his maiden race, the Iowa Corn Indy 100 on July 18, the same weekend as Jules Bianchi's death and he dedicated the race to his team-mate.

In June, Chilton also took part in his first-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Nissan GT-R LM Nismo with Olivier Pla and Jann Mardenborough, completing 234 laps before retiring.

IndyCar[edit | edit source]

In 2016, Chilton made his IndyCar debut for Chip Ganassi Racing being the third-highest rookie in the standings. In 2017, he competed for a second season in IndyCar for Ganassi, and finished 4th in that year's Indianapolis 500. That was his best finish of the season, and he completed the season 11th in the standings. Chilton was let go, when Ganassi decided to reduce the size of the team for 2018.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2011 Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes Test Driver
2012 Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth Test Driver
2013 Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth 0 23rd Report
2014 Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Ferrari 0 21st Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Updated after the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Entries 35
Starts 35
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 1103
Distance Raced 5650.113 km (3511 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
2012 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg
TD
2013 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 0 23rd
17th 16th 17th 20th 19th 14th 19th 18th 19th 17th 19th 20th 17th 17th 19th 17th 21st 21st 19th
2014 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 0 21st
13th 15th 13th 19th 19th 14th Ret 17th 16th 17th 16th 16th Ret 17th 18th Ret  


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[edit | edit source]

v · t · e Teams and Drivers
2013 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • Ferrari • McLaren • Lotus • Mercedes • Sauber • Force India • Williams • Toro Rosso • Caterham • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 Di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Vergne • 19 Ricciardo • 20 Pic • 21 Van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kyvat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Razia • González • Ellinas
2014 Teams and Drivers
Teams Caterham • Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Vettel • 3 Ricciardo • 4 Chilton • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Pérez • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 17 Bianchi • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 25 Vergne • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 44 Hamilton • 45 Lotterer • 46 Stevens • 77 Bottas • 99 Sutil
Other Drivers Buemi • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Frijns • Gené • Juncadella • Paffett • Rigon • Rossi • Sirotkin • Sørensen • Turvey • Van der Garde • Vandoorne • Wolff


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