Max Chilton and longtime girlfriend Chloe Roberts got married this weekend at St Michael’s Church in Betchworth in his home county of Surrey, England.
The likable young couple have been together for years, having gotten engaged last March. They are now embarking on their third season together in North America, as Chilton arrived in the U.S. ahead of the 2015 Indy Lights season with Carlin, where he won his first race on the Iowa Speedway oval in July of that year.
In two seasons in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Chilton’s best runs this year came in back-to-back races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, first with a drive up to seventh from 14th in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and then leading a race-high 50 laps at the 101st Indianapolis 500, before finishing fourth. He’ll have a shot for his first win at the next 500-mile race on the calendar, the ABC Supply 500 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at Pocono Raceway this weekend in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
A few photos from Chilton’s wedding are below, which saw teammate Scott Dixon and wife Emma and driver coach Dario Franchitti and wife Ellie among those in attendance.
Chilton then already noted the fun part of married life, when receiving traditional English breakfast tea.
Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.
Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.
Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.
“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.
“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”
Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.
“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.
“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”