Chilton: 'More to the story than being reported'

Marussia F1 Team

22 August 2014 by TF1T Staff

Max Chilton has suggested there is more to the story of him being replaced at Marussia, only to be put back in the car at the last minute.

The Briton, who is known to have 'backers' paying for his seat, was to be replaced by Alexander Rossi for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend due to "contractual issues". 

Chilton later claimed he had voluntarily given up his seat for the team to sell for much needed funds, but on Friday morning the team lodged a request to put Chilton back in the car.

Media and fans immediately suspected funding on Chilton's side was the issue, but the 23-year-old has denied this and suggests there is more to the story of which he can't divulge.

"It has been a busy 24 hours and lots of things have changed," he said on Friday evening.

"There have been lots of rumours that aren't true. They're the first thing people think of. But there's a lot more going on behind the scenes.

"That's why what happened yesterday was created, but that changed and that's why I got put back in the car."

He refused to be drawn on the real reasons behind the odd move, as did the team.

"I'm not going to comment on anything because the moment I comment on that people will start writing it," he added.

"But I stick to the words that what everyone seems to think has happened isn't the issue."