Marussia driver Max Chilton starts his second year in Formula 1 targeting points at the season opening Australian Grand Prix, believing that merely finishing on the day could realise his ambition.
“I try and bring the car home as much as possible but obviously the car’s got to bring me home as well. I don’t know what these numbers people are saying about the number of cars that are going to finish but you’ve just got to make sure you’re there at the end. We’ll do everything to make that possible and if I come across the line on Sunday in tenth place, I’ll be a very happy man,” Chilton told media in Melbourne on Thursday.
As for the rest of the season, Chilton said, “In the past, I’ve always shown better in my second and third years, I’ve really started to show my speed. I think last year I showed my consistency and professionalism but not always the speed, although I got better towards the end.”
“This year, I want it to be a more well-rounded year and we could have a car where we’re getting points, which always makes it easier to show yourself off.”
Despite a myriad of problems which hampered their preseason testing plane, Marussia with Ferrari power were one of the surprise packages in Bahrain.
“I think the package is fantastic. It’s definitely our best package so far; when you’ve got a whole Ferrari rear end and you’ve got a further developed car, it’s definitely our best car so far.”
“Reliability hasn’t been fantastic and that’s why we’ve had limited mileage. Reliability isn’t the main issue, it’s just little problems which took ages to find and which everyone else seems to be having.”
“I think if we can work out these little issues we’ve seen in Bahrain, we can continue the amazing reliability we had last year,” added Chilton. (GP247)