Max Chilton says he is ready for his debut Formula 1 season with Marussia
21-year-old has been working hard on his fitness for 2013
By William Esler
Last Updated: 30/01/13 11:53am
The British driver steps up a to a race seat with Marussia this year, having joined the team as reserve driver for the final six races in 2012.
The 21-year-old got his first taste of an F1 weekend in Abu Dhabi, replacing Charles Pic in Practice One, having previously gained his super licence after driving for the British-based team at the Silverstone young driver test.
"I wouldn't have wanted to make the step up if I wasn't ready," Chilton told Sky Sports News.
"I believe after my last year in GP2 with two wins and two pole positions I am ready and when I got behind the wheel in Abu Dhabi for practice I felt comfortable and that is the main thing - I know I can do it.
"After three long, hard seasons in F1 the team are yet to score a point and if I can score their first points then that will be an incredible feeling. Hopefully if testing goes well we can get that done early on in the season and then I can change my targets as we go."
Chilton has spent the winter working hard on his fitness as he prepares for the additional demands a Formula 1 car makes on the body.
"You are at the top of the sport - so everything has to be perfect," he added.
"You have to focus on every little bit of fitness as F1 is very physical so you have to build up the neck muscles more because of g-force and the races are about 40 minutes longer than what I am used to, so I have to build up the endurance levels."