Max Chilton: “It was a day that could have been fantastic”

Max Chilton - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Max Chilton secured only his second top ten finish of the season with tenth place at the Watkins Glen International circuit on Sunday, but the Briton felt disappointed with the outcome after managing with a damaged car all afternoon.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was caught in the middle of a four-car squeeze at turn one on the opening lap when Jack Hawksworth made a lunge on the inside, with Chilton finding his steering damaged for the remainder of the day, although he was able to avoid spinning unlike Mikhail Aleshin and Juan Pablo Montoya on the outside.

Chilton did get as high as second at the final restart at Watkins Glen, but dropped back to tenth at the chequered flag as he struggled with not only with his steering but also with fuel saving, which necessitated an additional pit stop.

“It was a day that could have been fantastic but ended up slightly disappointing after running P2,” said Chilton.

“I got damage on Lap 1, Turn 1, with the steering and then for the rest of the race my pace was pretty decent considering I was held back by the issue.”