Bianchi run gives Chilton heart

Max Chilton is confident of one day emulating Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi's feat of securing a top-10 finish.

At the 83rd race of asking, Bianchi finally ended Marussia's near four-and-a-half-year wait for points by finishing ninth in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Chilton feels that, but for misfortune, he could have joined Bianchi in the points, but instead had to settle for 14th, three laps down.

Naturally, from the 22-year-old Briton's perspective, there was some disappointment in not being the driver to break Marussia's duck.

But on the other hand he was also respectful of Bianchi's performance and what it meant to the Banbury-based marque that has the smallest budget in Formula One.

"It's one of those days where I had mixed emotions," said Chilton.

"For me, everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong in that race, but I'm incredibly happy for the team because it's helped our future.

"To get a result like that is not easy and it's not down to luck. It is showing good signs of progression.

"Obviously, street circuits do give you an opportunity and Jules took it with both hands.

"I just had a few things go wrong, otherwise we could have had two cars in the top 10, which would have been nice.

"But then if somebody had told us on Sunday morning we would get two points we would have taken it."

Chilton at least extended his remarkable record-breaking run in F1 of so far finishing every race he has started since his debut, now 25.

Scoring points, though, is his aim and he added: "I know I will have my chance one day to get some points for the team. Now I am really motivated heading into Montreal (the Canadian GP on June 8)."