Racing Lives: Max & Tom Chilton

The Chilton brothers started their racing careers young. Max went on to compete in Formula 1 and IndyCar; Tom has found success in British and World touring cars

Tom and Max Chilton in 2007 when they were team-mates for Arena Motorsports Zytek in the Le Mans Series

Tom (left) and Max have shared a car before, forming two-thirds of the Arena Motorsports Zytek LMP1 team in the 2007 Le Mans Series

Jean Michel le Meur/DPPI

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It almost feels like the Chiltons have been around with the British and international racing scenes for a lot longer than they actually have.
Both brothers started their careers young and, while Tom has gone on to achieve great success in tin-tops with wins in both the British and World Touring Car championships, younger brother Max sought the single-seater route. He became the youngest British Formula 3 driver – getting dispensation to join the series on the eve of his 16th birthday – before going on to race in Formula 1 with the Marussia team, and is now in IndyCar. The hair may be tamer these days, but the competitive instinct between them is as wild as ever.

“I sometimes question whether we actually have the same parents because Tom’s so different to me. He’s the person that will light up a room and has the biggest heart in the world.

I’m very much like my Dad. I’m business-orientated and always looking for the next opportunity. But Tom doesn’t get it from my Mum, because she’s the youngest of six and she’s got a twin as well, so she’s very quiet and used to being trodden down by her older brothers and sisters, which made her quite an insular person. She’s not similar to Tom; he’s super-loud, the centre of attention, makes everyone laugh. My Dad jokes about it and says he must be the milkman’s…