Max Chilton, Marussia, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Chilton heads times for Marussia on damp test day

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Max Chilton, Marussia, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Max Chilton found himself unexpectedly on top of the times following a rain-hit start to testing in Barcelona.

The Marussia driver put his name at the top of the times in the final minutes of a session which had begun on a wet track and saw a further shower later on in the day.

The day’s running was interrupted by several red flags, including one when Kimi Raikkonen spun his Ferrari at turn four. The floor of the F14 T had to be replaced, and that plus a power unit change earlier in the day and the disruption caused by the wet weather meant Ferrari estimated they had only completed half of their planned workload.

Kamui Kobayashi caused another of the day’s red flags with a substantial crash at turn three.

“There is quite a lot of damage to the car so I’m sorry for the guys in the garage who now have a long night ahead to fix the car,” he said, “but the only good thing is that it was at the end of the day after we’d got through most of the runplan”.

Giedo van der Garde did the most running in the mixed conditions but ended the day bottom of the times for Sauber. He spent the day evaluating hard tyre compounds for Pirelli as part of their test programme.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’26.434 60
2 Charles Pic Lotus-Renault E22 1’26.661 70 0.227
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1’26.674 79 0.240
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’26.965 21 0.531
5 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’27.724 52 1.290
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’27.727 53 1.293
7 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’27.756 55 1.322
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’28.333 74 1.899
9 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault CT05 1’30.101 72 3.667
10 Sebastien Buemi Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’31.440 54 5.006
11 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’31.783 86 5.349

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100 comments on “Chilton heads times for Marussia on damp test day”

  1. Er…what?

    1. BJ (@beejis60)
      13th May 2014, 18:06

      Supersoft tires: makes the slowest teams look fast

      1. 4 second difference between medium and supersoft, not too shabby

      2. Given that he was also several seconds faster than in Qualifying for the race, I guess the car might have been a bit light on ballast too @beejis60

  2. Huh ? That’s 3 seconds better that his quali time. What is going on ?

    1. And Charles Pic must be gutted too. That was some great opportunity to make the headline… until he got chiltoned.

      1. until he got chiltoned.

        Genius phrase.

        I think if you finish a race in last place, but are still happy with the fact that you are classified in front of DNFs, you just pulled a Chilton.

        1. Thanks !

    2. Good enough for 4th on the GP grid.. I’m foxed.. Lotus, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Caterham all only gained a quarter of a second on their Q times..

      1. haha! that indeed is a genius phrase. Will that be the basis of a new fly on the wall F1 documentary / prank show I wonder? “you’ve just got Chiltoned!”

        1. Thanks too. I am pleased that it pleases !

  3. Chilton used the supersoft tires where as the others used soft and medium tires

    1. Ah, in preparation for Monaco.. well, that’s some step up in grip!

    2. Chilton uses supersoft tyres. It’s super-effective.

  4. Ha looks like Marussia has been holding back all this time

    1. Sandbagging for 4 1/2 years… now the pace has been unleashed.

  5. What Vettel? What Hamilton? What previous previous WDC drivers?

    Max is the new kid in town!

  6. Chilton v Hamilton for the championship!!!

      Fastest Driver vs. Finishingest Driver
      100 points vs. 100%
      Eye of the Tiger vs. Lives of a Feline

      Only one will prevail…

      1. @osvaldas31 Chilton: “My dad will win me that”

    2. He will breeze past Hamilton in that Marrusia. :P

      The title is already decided and we dont even need Abu Double for that :D

    3. I don’t care, I won’t be watching because the cars aren’t loud enough.

      1. Marussia probably gained 2 seconds thanks to their new shotgun exhaust.
        Mercedes only put a baseball-card into the wheel spokes for more noise.

  7. F1 is so boring now that Marussia are dominating I feel like throwing my remote at the tv. FIA have messed up the rules. Jeez, even my granny could win in a Marussia. I’m going to watch some po- Indycar instead.

    1. Jules Bianchi is now mentally destroyed… I just don’t know how he can come back from this.

      1. “Chilton will not break me”, says Marussia’s Jules Bianchi.

        1. *storm clouds gather* “It is not YOUR mind I must break” says Max, “But the very people you rely on, your Engineers” *thunderbolt crackles the air*

          1. hahaha brilliant

    2. Eddie (@wackyracer)
      13th May 2014, 18:30

      Why shouldn’t Marussia win?

    3. you issue with indycar is what exactly?

      1. The atrocity which is the spelling ability from their fans.

        1. Jon Aspinwall
          13th May 2014, 22:11

          Hey know, play nise! I lick indicar and I spel just fin thanc u. AMuricams ain’t as dum as u thinc we r.

          1. Apologies. I have nothing bad to say about Indy. Just used it as an example!

    4. awesome, made me laugh, maybe they running some illegal parts? lol

      1. traction control maybe .

    5. Chilton is driving so well right now. He’s so on form. No one can beat Chilton except Chilton.

  8. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Today was probably the highlight of his career.

    1. hahaha how very true

  9. Chilton comes in for a bit of flack but he’s not a bad driver: he’s beaten Bianchi fair and square, and he’s no slouch. Maybe he’s not in Hamilton’s league (probably only Alonso is) but he’s not the worst either.

    1. Hear, hear.

      Much like how ‘Minardi’ had a following because they were jolly good chaps (even though they never won anything), I think Max should have a following, because, at the end of the day, he is not such a bad driver. He has completed every F1 race he has entered, and it would be amazing if he could become the driver with the longest winning streak of all time. I believe that he is over half way on that quest, but, in an era when the front is dominated in quite a boring way by one team or another, the question ‘will Max complete another race?’ is more tantalising than Lewis beating Nico.

      I find that some of the nepotism and ‘daddy money’ in the sport detracts, however, in Max’s case, I don’t have a problem. He also puts in work for sponsors and he is a regular guy, for some reason I find his Twitter stream oddly fascinating.

      There is nothing unfortunate in an ‘Eddie the Eagle’ way about Max, yet he does have this slight ‘imposter syndrome’ air to him. Anyway, I urge everyone to support the guy and count themselves as a fan.

      1. Jordan Groves
        13th May 2014, 21:23

        I don’t like the ‘statistic’ of Chilton finishing every race he’s competed in… I wouldn’t call 3 laps down finishing a race..

        1. Agreed, but let’s be honest, he would have finished those 3 laps, too if he got the chance.

      2. I like that he has been beating his much hyped teammate . But I’m not the guy who will vote DOTW for Chilton :P .

  10. Chilton found a shortcut? :P

    1. He took the 2006 layout! ;) @me4me

  11. It’s official. The universe is broken.

  12. Marussia’s new upgrades included a Flux-Capacitor.

    1. You mean a turbo encabulator ;-)

    2. or impulse thrusters

  13. I’d like to see a side-by-side onboard clip of Chilton’s lap to say, someone mid-grid at Barcelona at the weekend.

  14. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
    13th May 2014, 18:41

    I am confused and frightened.

    1. I share that sentiment.

  15. Oh perfect now we’re on for a Chilton domination. I hope Mercedes will respond to that I don’t want him to run with the champinship so easily.

    1. Excellent. I love that cold, measured humour !

      1. I’ve enjoyed these comments more than several ’14 races !!!!!

        1. The best thing Marussia has done for the season so far !

  16. Redbull is 5s slower than Marussia.

    Newey be fired.

  17. Lol, there are some funnier comments here than in some of the Caption Competitions.

  18. To all you whiners out there complaining about how slow this years cars are, it’s not the cars it’s the tyres!

    1. It’s also about less downforce, a steep learning curve, limited fuel, engine and gearbox conservation, and how the mix of the ingredients affects each other. I think if you wanted to just boil it down to tires and play woulda coulda shoulda you could say that with different tires the cars in every season could have been faster.

      1. The tyres are also about a compound harder this year also, the gap was so large at Spain mostly due to the lack of downforce though.

  19. Max can retire from the sport this weekend with his head held high.

    There aren’t a lot of drivers who finished every race in their rookie year, and even fewer who topped the time sheets in a non race weekend test session in a backmarking car.

    Hats off to Chilton!

    Watch out Lewis!

  20. Moss. Clark. Hill. Stewart. Mansell. Hamilton. Button. And now, Chilton.

    1. One of these is not like the others.

      Oh right, Stewart is a scotsman… :P

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