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Chilton to race in Spa

The Formula One summer break had seemingly seen a trio of casualties.

Three drivers had lost their seat with their respective teams.

The first was Jean-Eric Vergne, who has lost his seat at Toro Rosso for 2015 to 16-year-old Max Verstappen.

But the other two drivers have seen their seats lost immediately, or have they?

At Caterham Kamui Kobayashi has been replaced by Andre Lotterer. Caterham insist that Kobayashi remains part of the team, but there was no official word on when he would return to the car.

At Marussia, it seems far more complicated.

Max Chilton had expected to be in the seat but on Thursday it was announced that he would be standing aside, with Alexander Rossi coming into the team.

'The Marussia F1 Team will provide Alexander Rossi with the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.

'Alexander will race alongside Jules Bianchi, substituting for Max Chilton while contractual issues are resolved.
Marussia said in a statement.

The decision was purely down to money, Chilton was caught up in a contract dispute, with apparently the money he provides the team having dried up.

So in stepped Rossi for Friday mornings Free Practice One, but within half an hour of the session starting, Sky Sports broke the news that Chilton would remain in the seat for the rest of the weekend with almost immediate affect.

Chilton will now return to the car for FP2, with Rossi unceremoniously dropped.








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Date:Friday August 22 2014

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