Chilton laments bad luck following FP2 stoppage


Max Chilton has spoken of his dismay following a difficult Friday during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Briton completed just five laps during the second free practice session, following a successful morning which saw him finish within one tenth of his teammate, and ahead of both Caterham drivers.

“For a day that started so positively this morning, it is disappointing to have suffered such a setback in the afternoon session,” he explained.

“This morning I was really pleased with the car balance and I could feel the benefit of the updates we have here. I was less than a tenth from Jules after FP1 and feeling that we had a nice rhythm going for FP2.

“Unfortunately that was short-lived as I’d completed just four laps before the engine cut to protect itself and I had to pull over on track. I have to pay credit to the guys for turning the car around so quickly to try to get me out again.”

Chilton finished the second session at the bottom of the table, 7.887 seconds behind leader Felipe Massa, but his FP1 pace suggests that he could challenge teammate Jules Bianchi during qualifying and the race in China.