Marussia co-owner confirms Max Chilton for 2013

Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia Third Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Preparations, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Thursday 20 September 2012.Dec.17 (GMM) Marussia team owner Nikolai Fomenko has confirmed speculation that British rookie Max Chilton will make his Formula One debut in 2013, with the team.

Fomenko, the head of Russian supercar manufacturer Marussia who bought into what was then known as the Virgin Racing team at the end of 2010, was asked by Russian journalists the identity of the driver replacing Caterham-bound Frenchman Charles Pic.

International reports, including RMC (France), Speed Week (Switzerland) and MTV3 (Finland) say Fomenko answered with Chilton’s name, the GP2 driver whose wealthy father Graham is the chairman of the Aon company.

The reports said Chilton comes with a financial contribution of € 11.5 million.

Meanwhile, Fomenko dismissed reports that Marussia is weighed down with US $ 125 million in debt.

“We have debts, but not $ 125m, as I read recently,” he insisted.

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