Chilton aiming for F1 place
Max Chilton is determined to ensure there are four Britons on the grid in Formula One next season.
Chilton was on Thursday confirmed as Marussia's reserve driver for the remainder of the current F1 campaign, suggesting the possibility of a permanent seat is on the cards for 2013.
After gaining his superlicence earlier this year by completing enough kilometres at the young driver test at Silverstone, Marussia felt the 21-year-old from Reigate deserved the opportunity to step up.
Chilton has this season been competing for Marussia's junior team after they joined forces with Carlin at the start of the campaign.
Assessing his chances of joining Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta in F1 next season, Chilton said: "I think it's definitely doable, so let's just hope.
"It would be as good to you as it would me, so I'd love to give the British fans out there another British driver."
Financial backing is crucial, however, as Chilton claims support from his father would not be as forthcoming as many believe.
Grahame Chilton is chairman of insurance giants Aon Benfield and vice-chairman of the Aon Group, with Aon a prominent sponsor on his son's Marussia-Carlin GP2 car.
"It's nice to have the name of my dad's company helping out, but it (the money) is not going to come from him," insisted Chilton.
"We've still got to work out where the budget is going to come from if we want to do something next year.
"Some people simply think 'Aon' and that's where it will come from, but it's not as easy as that.
"There are some big companies out there and it would be nice to get some backing.
"I'm like any other driver. I've got to find the budget, which is hard, so I will see how it goes.
"But to get this now is a great opportunity, and whatever happens next year will happen, but I'm not really focusing on that yet."
For now Chilton is aiming to learn what he can from the pit wall and being inside the garage over the next few weeks.
There is also the prospect of an outing in first practice, likely at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix given he has plenty of experience of that circuit.
"These are very exciting times. It's nice to have the chance of being with an F1 team," said Chilton.
"It will be really good to go to the flyaway races, to be a part of the team, to be involved in the engineering briefings, working out how strategies evolve.
"It's a great chance for a driver to develop because I feel I've peaked with my development in GP2 and I've done enough to prove my speed.
"If I do get a chance in a first practice session then Abu Dhabi is the one where I'll feel most comfortable because that's where we've done a lot of laps in GP2.
"I'd love to have the chance, there's a possibility I can do it, so I will see where it takes us, but as yet there is nothing signed."