The collapse of the Marussia F1 Team has all but spelled the end of Max Chilton’s hopes of remaining on next year’s Formula 1 grid, and the British driver has admitted that he will be forced to canvass options in other series’ next year.
The Banbury-based squad was placed into administration after the Russian Grand Prix, and despite a last-minute attempt to get to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, its administrators were forced to wind up the team and put its entire assets up for sale to raise enough money to pay off the team’s creditors.
With Caterham’s future up in the air, McLaren remains the only outfit on the grid yet to publicly confirm its 2015 line-up, although it’s safe to assume that the 23-year-old – whose best race finishes are a pair of 13th places – would not feature in the Woking squad’s plans.
“Obviously, there are less seats available for next year,” he told SKY Sports. “I think the chance for me slightly slims down, but I think I have been given some opportunities in LMP1 and DTM, so maybe I have to change my career path and go down that route.
“But I’m still not giving up on Formula 1.”
Chilton’s older brother, Tom, currently competes in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for ROAL Motorsports, claiming his first race win in that category at Beijing. Both siblings enjoy the considerable backing from the family-run Capsicum investment group, which has bankrolled the motorsport careers of both drivers.
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