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Chilton cycling into F1 season

Max Chilton has been following in the wheel tracks of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in a bid to get himself fit for his maiden F1 season.

Chilton has spent the last few weeks gearing himself up for his drive with Marussia this season, although is still without a team-mate.

That was after the Banbury-based marque decided earlier this month to dispense with the services of Timo Glock for financial reasons.

Regardless, Chilton knows he has to prepare as best he can, and that has included punishing bike rides near his Reigate home up Box Hill, a route that was used as part of the Olympic road race course.

"When you're at the top of the sport everything has to be perfect and you have to focus on every little bit when it comes to fitness," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"F1 is very physical so you have to build up the neck muscles due to the g-forces, and the races, from what I am used to, are 40 minutes longer, so I have to be better with endurance.

"If you can get out on a road bike for two to three hours that is a really good endurance work out.

"I like training around here (Box Hill). I don't live too far and it is the Olympic route, so it is nice knowing Cavendish and Wiggins were cycling here in July."

It promises to be a season of struggle for Chilton as he will be more than likely be battling at the back of the grid, in particular as HRT are no more after being liquidated at the end of last season.

But Chilton is up for the fight and determined to make history for Marussia, adding: "I wouldn't have wanted to make the step up if I wasn't ready.

"I believe after my last year in GP2 with two wins and pole positions I am ready, and when I got behind the wheel in Abu Dhabi for practice I felt comfortable and that is the main thing.

"If I feel comfortable then I know I can do it.

"Marussia have had three long and hard seasons in F1 and are yet to score a point.

"If I could be their first driver to score a point then that will be an incredible feeling.

"I'm hopeful if testing goes well we can get that done early on in the season, and then I can change my targets as we go."