Marussia in F1 U-turn over driver Chilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

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Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon has insisted the team are “working towards” ensuring Max Chilton retains his seat for the remainder of the season.

Lowdon claims “a change in circumstances” forced Marussia into a U-turn yesterday less than 24 hours after axing Chilton ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix due to “contractual issues” and replacing him with reserve Alexander Rossi.

It was understood the numerous investors behind Chilton had failed to fulfil their financial obligations in recent weeks, forcing Marussia to act. Rossi then drove in first practice, only for the team to announce Chilton would return for FP2 and the remainder of the weekend.

Lowdon was unable to elaborate on the nature of the circumstances behind Chilton’s return, which far from suggested the aforementioned issues had been resolved and another reason lay behind the reversal.

“It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the details of the contractual issues because that is confidential between parties involved,” said Lowdon.

“The intention of the team is that it (Chilton and Jules Bianchi) is our driver line-up and that is what it will be for the whole season. That is certainly what we are working towards,” added Lowdon.

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