Stevens hoping Manor in the mix

By on Saturday, June 6, 2015
Manor Marussia

Manor Marussia

Will Stevens says Manor Marussia must be ready to take advantage of any potential opportunity during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 races in Montreal have occasionally produced unexpected results and Stevens, who will start the race from 18th position, is wary of such an occurrence.

"It wasn’t a bad qualifying for me," he said. "Perhaps I’m a little less comfortable with the balance of the car this weekend, compared with previous races.

"I’ve tried to focus on race pace a little more however, so I think we have the car in a good place for tomorrow. We’ll gain a place on the grid after the penalties have been applied, but then we’re also in interesting company with Jenson [Button] and Max [Verstappen] starting behind us.

"This is a race where we often see the safety car, so we’ll do our best to make sure we’re in the mix for any opportunities that might arise."

Team-mate Roberto Merhi will start one position higher in 17th place.

"I’m very happy with my qualifying today," said the Spaniard. "It’s a good step forward for me. I’m really enjoying this circuit and we have made some good progress with the set-up of the car this past few races and I feel very comfortable to push a little more."

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