Chilton happy to pay his dues

Chilton happy to pay his dues

Max Chilton says he would rather stay at Marussia for a second season than chase a more prestigious seat at this stage of his career.

The 22-year-old British rookie is eyeing a long stay in the sport, and reckons learning the ropes with a smaller team is the best thing for him right now.

"I love the team and obviously I'd love to stay for another year and to keep learning," said Chilton.

"It's a good place to be. It's what a lot of drivers do, it's where you learn and become the driver you are. You work your way up.

"I'd love to stay with Marussia and work my way up with them because they have the right package and attitude."

While his teammate Jules Bianchi stole a lot of the headlines earlier in the season, Chilton is satisfaied with his own progress.

"I don't think I've underperformed," he said.

"The team were over the moon with my race in Monaco, and ecstatic when I made the overtakes, so I know the whole team are behind me."

Chilton will be contesting his home Grand Prix this weekend, but accepts that his compatriots Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul Di Resta will be getting all of the attention.

"Obviously I'm the newest and the least well known, but I'm fine with that because I'm new," he said. "It might change one day."