Max Chilton has been officially unveiled as Marussia's second driver for 2014
Brit will once again partner Jules Bianchi at Banbury-based team
By William Esler. Last Updated: 04/02/14 9:19am
Max Chilton has been officially unveiled as Marussia's second driver for 2014, although the news will not be a surprise to most as the British driver had already been included on FIA's official entry list released on Friday evening.
The 22-year-old was the only driver to finish every race in 2013 - a feat made all the more remarkable given that it was his rookie season.
He will again be partnered by Jules Bianchi - with the Frenchman's place at the team confirmed at the Korean Grand Prix last year - meaning Marussia and Mercedes are currently the only teams to have retained the same driver pairing from 2013.
"I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia into a second season," said Chilton. "Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver. You learn such a lot in your debut season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential. That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I'll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition.
"I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for their continued faith and support. They are a great bunch of people who are extremely hard-working and ambitious and I can't wait to embark on our 2014 season challenge together."
Chilton is yet to score a point in Formula 1, but does have two GP2 victories to his name, finishing fourth in the 2012 Drivers' Championship for Carlin.
"We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the Team into the 2014 season. In view of next year's regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward," added Team Principal John Booth. "Max had an impressive debut season last year and, of course, achieved a new rookie record for finishing all 19 races. He can be justifiably proud of the progress he made through the course of 2013.
"With our race driver line-up complete we can now focus all of our attentions on our 2014 car and moving the Marussia F1 Team to the next level. After our success in achieving 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign."
Marussia were listed as 'subject to confirmation' on the 2014 entry list announced by the FIA on Friday. However, the team have since insisted there is no cause for alarm and they will be on the grid for the new season.
How the 2014 grid will line up
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Lotus: Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.
McLaren: Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
Force India: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
Sauber: Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez.
Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat.
Williams: Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
Marussia: Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.
Caterham: Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.