Max Chilton is the younger brother of British Touring Car driver Tom Chilton. Max started his career in karting, before moving to British Formula Three in the 2007 series, where he required special dispensation to take part in his first race, as he was a day short of his sixteenth birthday, the normal minimum age for competitors. He and his brother Tom also drove in the 1000km of Silverstone event that year, finishing sixth.
In 2008, he remained in British Formula Three, with a tenth in the championship, and again in 2009, where he moved up to fourth in the championship behind series winner Daniel Ricciardo. He also had a drive in the World Series by Renault at a single event in the 2009 season. Max also drove for the Barwa Addax team through the GP2 Asia series in late 2009 and early 2010, and then drove for Ocean Racing in the 2010 GP2 Series, where he finished 25th in the championship with a best race result of fifth.
In 2011, Max drove for Carlin, who had entered GP2, with a championship finish in 20th place. He remained with the team for the 2012 season, where two wins helped him to an altogether more positive fourth place in the championship. Midway through the 2012 season, the Marussia Formula One team announced Max as a test driver, and he drove in free practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. At the end of the 2012 season, Max was announced as a driver for the 2013 Marussia Formula One team, alongside experienced driver Timo Glock.. However, Glock subsequently announced that he was leaving, and Luiz Razia was announced as this replacement. Due to a sponsorship issue, this then did not come to pass, and Jules Bianchi then became the third second driver at Marussia in 2013. Marussia’s all rookie team in 2013 did not result in any points, but Max did impressively manage to finish every race in the season – an unusual occurrence for someone new to the sport – and the team have retained him for 2014.
Marussia’s demise at the end of the season appears to have left Max without a drive for 2015.
One of my memories of Max was at the 2012 European Grand Prix, where the Spanish language commentator – the race was in Valencia – was particularly enthusiastic every time he mention Max’s name. I took this as a good sign that we would be seeing much more of him.
Here are some of my pictures of Max, I hope that you like them.
There is also a list of my various galleries of Formula One drivers here.
Max Chilton at the 2015 British Grand Prix
Max Chilton at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Max Chilton at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Max Chilton in the 2013 British Grand Prix
Max Chilton in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Winter Testing 2013