|Born||April 21, 1991||Nationality||British|
|Team||Marussia||F1 Debut||Australia 2013|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
Britain’s fourth representative on the 2013 grid may not have quite the stellar background that Gutiérrez and Bottas can claim, but he brings solid, race-winning GP2 experience with him as he replaces Charles Pic at Marussia.
The 21-year-old from Reigate in Surrey is from a comfortable background but has worked hard to establish his own reputation as a racer.
His career started in earnest in 2007 in Formula 3 and began to take off when he joined fabled racing stable Carlin Motorsport in 2009.
In 2010 he graduated to GP2 in the Asian series to begin with, then moved to Ocean Racing Technology in the main game. He stayed in that category in 2011 but was back at Carlin as they also made their first foray into the series.
But it wasn’t until 2012 that Chilton came to the fore, winning the Budapest feature race in a late-season burst of form that saw him finish fourth overall.
By that time Marussia had named him their official test driver in time for the Japanese Grand Prix, and his first proper taste of F1 (he had done the Young Driver Test with Force India in 2011) came with a run in the first Friday free practice session in Abu Dhabi.
Chilton insists he has a handle on things after his promotion late in 2012. “Instead of a standing start, I am already up to speed and at ease with the people, the culture, the systems,” he says – but his could be the steepest learning-curve of all the three rookies on the 2013 grid.