DRIVER NEWS: Chilton Graduates to Championship Class for Monza
DRIVER NEWS: After successfully completing his first six races in the British Formula 3 International Series, Max Chilton has had his application to upgrade his competition licence approved. He can now enter the Championship Class of the series in his Arena Motorsport run Dallara Mercedes Benz.
Max made his single seater debut back in April, just a day after his 16th birthday. Up until now he has been competing in the Invitational Class of the series and has managed to finish all of the six races he has entered so far to qualify for the senior class in the Championship.
His first race in the class will be this weekend’s event at Monza in Italy. The legendary Formula 1 venue is one of the fastest circuits in the world and Max is really looking forward to racing there;
“I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic place to drive. I went there two years ago to watch my brother Tom race a Le Mans prototype and it seemed very quick, such a fast track and I think the Formula 3 car will be exciting around there. I’ve only had a chance to see what it’s like on a Playstation, so Saturday’s practice will be my first chance to experience the circuit.”
And how does he feel about the step up to the Championship Class?
“To be honest it’s only a piece of paper that’s different. The car and engine will be the same. The people I’m racing against will be the same. It’s just a requirement that so far I’ve had to race in the Invitational class. I can score points in the Championship now and I will be pushing that little bit more for good results. In the first six races this year I had to make sure I finished. That meant staying out of trouble and not taking too many risks. Of course I still want to finish races because this year is all about gaining experience so I’m not going to change what I’m doing, but it is good to know that I’ve achieved the first objective, that is to get into the Championship class.”