F1 2014 Driver Review: Max Chilton

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Max Chilton

Team: Marussia F1 Team
Car No.: 4
Races: 16
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 21st

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Max Chilton certainly enjoyed a better campaign in 2014 than his rookie season, moving off the very back of the grid. However, there was still very little to write home about for the Briton. His early season form was good, finishing 13th in Australia and Bahrain, prompting the British press to ask if he was finally on a level with Marussia teammate Jules Bianchi… Hmm…

In fact, in races where both cars finished, Chilton didn’t actually beat Bianchi again, failing to improve on his best finish of P13. His record for finishing every race he had taken part in came to an end in Canada when he crashed into Bianchi, and his season came to an end when Marussia’s did in Russia.

The circumstances may have been difficult, but Chilton didn’t do a great amount to prove that he is a part of the F1 furniture. He has already received offers to race in DTM and the WEC for 2015, which he would be wise to take up. Let’s hope he can find success there.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Max Chilton carried on into 2014 from his 2013 rookie season with the same metronomic level of consistency in terms of finishing races. The Marussia driver finished the first six in a row this year to extend his streak to 25, adding on the 19 from 2013. With four top-15 finishes (yes, this reads like a NASCAR driver review here) in those first six races, Chilton had done a respectable job considering Marussia’s battle would be with Caterham for 10th (ultimately ninth) in the Constructor’s Championship.

That finishing races was his highlight though, was an unfortunate indication there wasn’t any level of otherworldly performances the rest of the way. His finishing streak ended with a smash in Canada, which was especially awkward given it was with his teammate Jules Bianchi. He also retired at Monza and then as the team’s single car entry in Russia, where the team raced in tribute to Bianchi a week after his Suzuka accident.

A small consolation, if any, to Chilton’s 2014 season is that he never once started 22nd and last on the grid, compared to six times doing so in 2013. Other than that, there wasn’t much to write home about for the Englishman.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.