Chilton would shun Monaco for Reigate

Max Chilton has no intention of following the rest of Formula One's 'Brit Pack' and quitting England for Monaco should he make his name in the sport.

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Chilton will make his F1 debut for Marussia in Australia on Sunday, joining Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta on the grid.

The trio have all now made their home in Monaco, with Button opting to return to the principality last year after spending a short period on Guernsey.

Chilton, however, intends to stay true to his Reigate roots where he was born and raised rather than follow the jetset.

Asked as to the possibility of joining Hamilton, Button and Di Resta in Monaco, Chilton replied: "That's when you're a high-rolling F1 driver.

"I want to try and stay in England forever. That's my plan. I love Reigate. London's only 30 minutes away, the same with Brighton, and Gatwick is close, so it's ideal.

"I will try and stay there as much as I can."

Although fresh to the sport, Chilton is determined to ensure his head is not turned by the glitz and glamour.

"I really hope it doesn't change me. I'll always be as friendly as possible to everyone I can," added Chilton, who will only have his parents supporting him in Melbourne this weekend.

"I've a good group of friends I've had with me since my first school. I just do normal things, chilling out, playing golf, whatever.

"I do get recognised in the local area now and I've had some good support, especially my Twitter following which has gone through the roof since I was announced."

The 21-year-old, however, admits it will only be when the five red lights disappear to signal the start of the race around Melbourne's Albert Park will he feel like a true F1 star.

Chilton was initially announced as reserve driver in September, going on to take part in first practice in Abu Dhabi a few weeks later before landing a full-time seat a week prior to Christmas.

Chilton was then fortunate to enjoy eight days of testing - instead of the scheduled six - as Marussia struggled to finalise their driver line-up.

Despite clocking up considerable mileage, it is only Melbourne on Sunday which will count for Chilton as he said: "The past week has been a long week of waiting.

"There's a lot more excitement than nerves. There is a little bit of nervousness, but I don't think you perform without that.

"I'm more excited, and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the car, but I don't think I'll feel like an F1 driver until I'm on the grid and the lights are going out.

"That's when I'll realise I'm actually racing, and at that moment I'll feel like a full-time F1 driver."

Chilton's aims for the race are then simple, saying: "The goal is to get the best out of the car and bring it home, and hopefully we'll be ahead of the teams we've set our targets on."



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