Chilton retires for the first time in his F1 career

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Max Chilton has retired from a grand prix for the first time in his career at the 26th time of asking.

The Briton may not have turned many heads during his Formula 1 career so far, but he had managed to finish every race that he had entered until this weekend, giving him the F1 record for the most consecutive finishes as a rookie.

However, his streak came to an end in Canada today after a first lap incident with his Marussia teammate, Jules Bianchi.

Chilton lost the back-end of his car coming through the first chicane, and spun into Bianchi. This in turn sent the Frenchman into the wall with some force, ruining the rear of his car. Chilton also suffered a great deal of damage, with his Marussia coming to a halt a few hundred yards later.

The crash was big enough to warrant a long safety car period, but thankfully both drivers walked away from the shunt unharmed. However, it has ended Chilton’s finishing record.

The Briton has also been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Austria for the misdemeanor.

“The incident between myself and Jules obviously ended not only our own races but also the team’s, so it’s sad for all the guys after making such progress again,” Chilton explained. “I had a good start, pulled away from the cars behind into Turn 1, queued into Turn 2, then we had a coming together into Turn 3.

“The resulting accident was very unfortunate for us both and after a race to remember in Monaco, perhaps a race to forget here in Canada, but the one thing we’ll keep hold of is how well the car is developing, so my thanks to all the team.”

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.