F1 2014 Driver Review: Max Chilton


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.