Max Chilton is confident of signing a deal to remain with Marussia for the 2014 Formula 1 season now that Kevin Magnussen has been confirmed as a McLaren driver.
The 22-year-old Briton admits he was “a little bit” worried about Marussia’s potential interest in Magnussen, who McLaren was also considering placing with another team for next season. But with McLaren and other teams higher up the grid finalizing their driver lineups, Chilton is keen to secure his future as soon as possible, especially given the diminishing number of seats left for next season.
“There are more drivers going round than there are seats, but I feel like I’m in a good place with a good team,” said Chilton. “Especially now Kevin is done at McLaren, I’m pretty confident I can get it done.
“I had a feeling he was going off to McLaren anyway. I did hear it was only talking [about a potential Marussia drive] and I don’t think it was a serious look so I was never too worried.”
Chilton, who will bring backing to Marussia for his seat, hinted that he was pushing the team to finalize his deal. With Jules Bianchi already confirmed at Marussia for 2014, Chilton is confident he will stay on but wary of having to wait too long before signing up.
“The contracts have been done, it’s just to get it in front of me and get it signed,” he said. “I would love to be back here with Marussia ” they want me back and the car is looking pretty strong for next year.
“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back as it would be silly to say that because there are a lot of people hanging around with bigger budgets than what I’ve got, but I’m confident.”