Max Chilton: “I just couldn’t get the tires to come in”

Max Chilton - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Max Chilton endured a frustrating afternoon around the streets of Toronto on Sunday as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished down in eighteenth position.

The British racer found it tough to get his tyres up to temperature quick enough, but once he did he found he was one of the quickest drivers on track, which left him extremely downbeat post-race.

Chilton also suffered a broken front wing in a small accident in the second half of the race, and praised his team for getting him back on track without losing a lap.

“It was a challenging day for the Gallagher team,” said Chilton. “I felt our speed in the second half of the stint was in about the top six out there.

“It was frustrating because when the time counted I just couldn’t get the tires to come in. And that in turn was part of the reason I had the accident later on when I couldn’t get the fronts to turn. Luckily the guys did a great job in changing the front wing quickly and they kept us on the lead lap.

“Frustrating day but it was good to finally get the track time and some experience here on this circuit as [al]most all other drivers had been here previously.”