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Featured Will Stevens to race for Manor F1 Team in 2015

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Howard, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. Howard

    Staff Emeritus | Motorsport Engineer Premium

    Manor F1 team have confirmed that Will Stevens will be racing for the former Marussia outfit in the 2015 Formula One season. They have also confirmed that the car is at an 'advanced stage of build.'

    After many rumours and fierce debate about the the return of, and issues surrounding, Manor F1 team, they now seem to be on track for a return to the grid in Melbourne. The team was reportedly blocked from entering the sport again in 2015, however the team seem adamant that they will be back.

    Marussia entered administration towards the end of 2014, and it's assets were to be liquidated in order to pay creditors of the team. However, at the last minute, a still unknown investor stepped in to seemingly prevent the team from folding. Marussia's base in Banbury has been sold to Haas F1 Team to serve as their European base. The team, now called Manor, exited administration earlier this month. Manor are now operating out of their former GP3 base in Dinnington.

    Will Stevens, 23, tested for the team in the 2014 season, and drove for the season finale for Marussia's now defunct rivals Caterham. The Essex-born Brit had a mediocre run in junior series, racing in Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 for a number of years, testing for Caterham in 2013 and 2014 whilst driving for Strakka Racing in World Series 3.5. He qualified and finished last, around half a second behind teammate Kamui Kobayashi during Q1 at the Abu Dhabi finale of last season.

    Full Manor F1 Team press release:

    The Manor Marussia F1 Team is making huge strides towards the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season opener in Melbourne, Australia, in just over two weeks’ time.

    The next exciting step for the team is to make the first of its driver line-up announcements, with the news that Will Stevens will be an official 2015 Manor race driver.

    Will, 23, is known to the team from his brief time in the role of Marussia Reserve Driver towards the end of the 2014 season. He went on to race for Caterham in the season finale in Abu Dhabi and produced the impressive performance anticipated of a driver who has won races in every category in which he has competed, against some of the very best junior drivers.

    A fundamental element of the Manor philosophy has always been to provide opportunity for the next generation of motor racing talent, a part of the team’s long and proud history that will be retained into the future. Manor has started many young drivers out on the path to success, including Formula One world champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

    The approval by the Company’s creditors on 19 February 2015 to a Company Voluntary Arrangement paves the way for the team to exit from administration and since that time everyone involved with Manor has been working flat out on the key components of its 2015 challenge.

    The car with which Manor will begin the season is now in an advanced stage of build at the team’s current race preparation facility in Dinnington, UK, where personnel are working 24-7 towards the air freight despatch date of 6 March.

    As the sport counts down to the curtain-raising 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in 18 days’ time, Manor is now in a position to be able to provide regular updates on its preparations for Melbourne and wider plans for the season, including the completion of its driver line-up.

    Commenting on the announcement of his race seat today, Will Stevens said: “It’s very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team. It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne. My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can’t wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks’ time."
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  2. Well, one more driver who pay to run in F1...

    This guy ran during 3 seasons in F3.5 and the best standing place he made was 4th...
    Why do they choose him? For his money ?
    There are so many talented drivers that are waiting to have their places in F1, and some others that were ejected like Vergne.
  3. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium

    Manor... Yes
    Stevens.... Noooooo
    Still, good luck to them all, i know which team i'll be supporting....
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  4. Nox

    Staff Premium

    Formula $$ strikes again. It seems the higher up you get in single seater racing, the more diluted the talent on the grid gets [due to the costs to run].
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  5. the_sigman

    Sim racer, F1 news editor... Racing is in my blood Premium

    Since Stevens is helping a team return to the grid and hundreds of people find a job, I am happy.
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  6. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    What do you guys want? We're stuck in a stupid situation, and the only way out is pay drivers. Would you rather see 2 pay drivers in a Manor car in 2015, or 2 talented drivers signing up for a team that can't afford to race? Of course, talented pay drivers would be a better solution...
  7. Nox

    Staff Premium

    Yeah, it's a stupid situation. Have better distribution of prize money, for example, that makes running a Formula 1 team a viable business option for teams. My problem isn't with Manor or even Stevens, it's with the way F1 is being run to its own detriment making these sort of signings necessary while talented drivers who win championships like GP2 can't get a look in.

    The "pinnacle" of motor sports should have a grid full of the best drivers and cars, not half good drivers and half not-talented but rich drivers running in moving chicanes that won't likely finish in the points all year on their own merit. I used to think the teams at the back were necessary, but now it's too much. If they can't afford to run, go do another motor sport (I can't just go and buy stuff I can't afford). At the same time, F1 has to make it more affordable for teams. Just my personal opinion of course :).
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  8. He did fine in his only 2014 race with a zombie car. If Manor makes it i'm looking forward to see what he can do.
  9. Rob

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    Nice description of IndyCar. They actually split, but are unified and doing it right. And the underpaid drivers don't whine evry time someone slights them on track. Then again, it take cajones to run in that series. Not, ummm...Nico Rosberg.
  10. At the end of the day, this is huge for Manor that they could at least make it to Melbourne. If they get within 107 and start the race, that alone should be cause for celebration.
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  11. They are definitely undertaking something very difficult here. I only hope they
    get to score some points. As mentioned above, them having a competitive car
    is highly unlikely.
  12. The FIA has finally approved Manor F1 team's entry for the 2015 season.
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  13. With the new super licence rules anyone else thinking of pascal werlhein getting a drive (probably spelt his name wrong) if he dosent drive in f1 or wins gp2 this season he wont qualify for a super licence will he