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MSA welcomes four British drivers on the F1 grid

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is delighted by today’s announcement that Max Chilton will race for the Marussia F1 Team in 2013, becoming the fourth British driver on the Formula One grid alongside Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta.

Chilton, aged 21 from Surrey, came through the UK’s famed karting ranks before graduating to cars in 2005. He joined the British F3 International Series in 2007 and progressed to GP2 in 2010. This year he finished fourth in GP2 with two wins, four podiums, two pole positions and one fastest lap, while also undertaking duties at selected Grands Prix as Marussia’s testing and reserve driver.

“It is excellent news for the whole of British motor sport that we will have another driver in F1 next year,” said Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. “Motor sport is one sector in which this country really does lead the world, both on and off the track, delivering some £6bn and 40,000 jobs to the UK economy. Max is the latest in a long line of British drivers to make the step up to Formula One and there are others following closely behind, further underlining the strength of UK motor sport.

“Having successful British drivers on the international stage is essential to the future growth and development of the sport, especially at amateur level where the majority of motor sport takes place in motor clubs across the country. That is why we have established the MSA Academy which is currently assisting more than 50 of the most promising young British drivers from the age of 14. We are investing in their future and also in the future of the sport.”

18 December 2012