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Marussia retains Chilton for 2014

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Marussia has confirmed it will retain Max Chilton for a second season alongside Jules Bianchi.

Chilton made his Formula One debut for the team in 2013 and managed to finish every race last season. With Bianchi having been confirmed as staying with the team before the end of the season, Chilton's confirmation means Marussia will field the same driver line-up for two consecutive season for the first time.

Chilton said he expects to be able to show considerable improvement in 2014 now he has a year of experience under his belt.

"I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 Team into a second season," Chilton said. "Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver. You learn such a lot in your debut season, but the second year is when you can really pull all of those new experiences together and show your true potential.

"That has always been the case for me in the junior categories and I'll be aiming for a similar step in my second year of F1 competition. I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for their continued faith and support. They are a great bunch of people who are extremely hard-working and ambitious and I can't wait to embark on our 2014 season challenge together."

The announcement was made at the Autosport International Show and team principal John Booth said he felt it was important Marussia could work with the same drivers in light of the new regulations this season.

"We are pleased to confirm that Max will continue with the team into the 2014 season," Booth said. "In view of next year's regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward. Max had an impressive debut season last year and, of course, achieved a new rookie record for finishing all 19 races. He can be justifiably proud of the progress he made through the course of 2013.

"With our race driver line-up complete we can now focus all of our attentions on our 2014 car and moving the Marussia F1 Team to the next level. After our success in achieving 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign."

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