MOTORSPORT: Marussia's Chilton handed new deal

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MAX Chilton is hoping to show his true potential after signing on for another season at Banbury-based Formula 1 team Marussia.

The 22-year-old, who last year became the first driver to complete every race in his rookie season, will line up alongside France’s Jules Bianchi.

“I am really happy to be continuing with the Marussia F1 team into a second season,” said Chilton.

“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.”

Chilton’s best peformance in 2013 was a 14th place and team principal John Booth felt he and Bianchi deserved to retain their spots.

“It is highly beneficial to our technical team that we retain the same driver line-up moving forward.

“After our success in achieving tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship, we have set our sights on a bigger and better 2014 campaign.”

Marussia president Graeme Lowdon said: “I’m sure the fans are as excited as we are to see what our drivers can go on to achieve in their second season with us.”

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