Stevens optimistic of Manor Marussia stay

By on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Manor Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia F1 Team

Will Stevens is optimistic that he can remain with Manor Marussia for a further season, amid confidence that the squad will be able to make progress in 2016.

Manor Marussia was revived on the eve of the 2015 campaign and has been using an updated version of the 2014 car, along with last year's Ferrari power unit.

Stevens made his Formula 1 debut with Caterham at the end of 2014 but switched to Manor Marussia for 2015, eventually joining the grid in China after a couple of aborted attempts.

"I think as a team for sure the next few years are going to be pretty exciting for them," Stevens said.

"This year was always going to be tough, using last year’s car with the old Ferrari power unit, so it's going to be as tough as it can [be].

"But looking ahead to next year, for me personally we’re working hard in the background to try to sort out things for next year, which are looking positive, so we’ll see. Hopefully we’ll have some things to tell you soon."

Stevens is nonetheless aware that he still has a lot to learn as he embarks on the final stages of his rookie campaign.

"Heading into this weekend and the rest of the year I don’t know any of the tracks, apart from Abu Dhabi, so I have a lot of learning to do," he explained.

"But I always like coming to new circuits, especially here. It’s always [been] a circuit I’ve wanted to drive, so looking forward to getting out there."

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