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Chilton targets maiden point

British driver Max Chilton is targeting his and Marussia's first ever world championship point in Australia.

Both Marussia [formerly Virgin Racing] and Caterham [formerly Team Lotus] have never scored a single Formula One World Championship point.

Both newbie teams are entering their fifth season in the sport in 2014 and the opening race of the season gives them possibly their best chance to earn that first elusive point.

The change in Formula One regulations has seen a shift in teams performances.

The stronger teams towards the end of last season like Red Bull and Lotus have struggled during winter testing, whilst the likes of Williams, who finished 9th in the championship last season have jumped to the front of the grid.

But all teams have shown a weakness at some stage of winter testing, with all teams suffering mechanical and technical faults.

That unpredictability in reliability could hand someone an advantage when it comes to Australia and Marussia are hoping it will be them who benefit.

Last season Marussia and Max Chilton enjoyed excellent reliability with the Brit finishing every race of his rookie season in 2013, a first in Formula One.

Some pundits have predicted that if a driver finishes the race the likelihood is they will finish in the top ten and score points.

'I try and bring the car home as much as possible but obviously the car's got to bring me home as well. I don't know what these numbers people are saying about the number of cars that are going to finish but you've just got to make sure you're there at the end,' he told Sky Sports.

'We'll do everything to make that possible and if I come across the line on Sunday in tenth place, I'll be a very happy man.'

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Date:Thursday March 13 2014

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