Chilton to race in Belgium after Marussia u-turn

Max Chilton will race this weekend after Marussia reversed its decision to give his drive to Alexander Rossi at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rossi took part in FP1 but will hand the car back to Chilton for the rest of the weekend, meaning the American will not make his debut after all. On Friday morning the team formally applied to change its driver nomination back to Chilton for the rest of the weekend.

“The stewards have received a request form the Marussia F1 Team to change the nominated driver Alexander Rossi (Car 42) back to their previously nominated driver Max Chilton (Car 4) for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix,” an FIA statement said. “In accordance with Article 19 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the stewards grant permission for this driver change.”

On Thursday Marussia cited “contractual issues” as the reason for Chilton not racing, while the driver’s own PR company said he had volunteered to step down. Nevertheless, he will be back behind the wheel of the car for the remainder of this weekend.