Max ended his British F3 season with just three points from the final two races held at Donington. The pace had been there in qualifying, but a combination of grid penalty and a collision in the races thwarted any chance of converting that speed into good results.
A 12th place finish in the first race was followed by an 8th place points scoring finish in the second, but things had looked a lot more promising following the first qualifying session on Saturday morning. With just a few minutes of the session remaining, Max put in a stunning lap to take provisional pole position. He had taken to the track early and had to return to the pits as he got low on fuel. He sat and watched as his lap time was fractionally bettered and he didn’t get a repeat of the pole positions he had claimed at Monza and Rockingham earlier in the year.
His disappointment was deepened by the grid penalty he had incurred in the previous round of the championship in Bucharest, meaning he would be put back to 18th place on the grid.
The second qualifying session didn’t bring a better outcome either and saw a very mixed up grid as the weather intervened to give rapidly changing conditions. Max, like many others, lost out through being on the wrong tyres at the critical fastest phase and frustratingly would line up on the 9th row of the grid for the second race as well after recording the 18th fastest time.
Typically, Max didn’t dwell on the disappointment and looked forward to the races; “In the second session it was all really down to the tyres and being out on the right rubber at the right time,” said Max. “It was a weird session really and I just couldn’t pull back the time. Tomorrow will be tough in both races starting so low down the grid but as always, I’ll give it everything I’ve got and see if I can make up as many places as possible to try for a top ten finish.”
Any hopes of that points scoring finish in the first race were gone in the fraction of a second it took for Philip Major to lose control at the Chicane, slide into Max and knock him down the escape road. Now at the back of the field, Max managed to claw back some places, eventually finishing in 12th place.
In the second race things went better and following a great start Max was rapidly moving up the order. He drove maturely, waiting for the opportunities and brought his Hitech Racing run Dallara Mercedes Benz home in 8th place in the International Class to claim three points and restore some happiness after such a disappointing and frustrating finale to the championship.Max finished the season in 10th place overall in the points standings in just his second ever season of racing single seaters. He has scored points in 14 of the 22 races that were held and will remember the massive improvements he has made this year in securing pole positions and podiums through the year.
His performances have gained him an invitation to the annual end of season races in China around the formidable street circuit in Macau. The event sees the top Formula 3 racers from all over the world invited to compete for victory in this highly prestigious event which will be held over the weekend of 15th/16th November.Click here for the Max Chilton web site - designed and built by Racecar