Will Stevens to make F1 debut for Caterham in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI – British racer Will Stevens will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend for Caterham in place of Marcus Ericsson who terminated his contract with the team earlier this month.

Stevens had been a member of Caterham’s junior programme when the team was under its previous ownership, but joined Marussia as a reserve driver when Tony Fernandes sold the team.

He had been due to take part in FP1 at the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this year for Marussia, only for a delay in the paperwork to force him onto the sidelines for the weekend.

However, following the collapse and closure of Marussia, and the unlikely revival of Caterham ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Stevens will now make his F1 debut on Sunday at Yas Marina.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be getting this opportunity and am very grateful to everyone involved at Caterham F1 Team for giving it to me,” Stevens said.

“I feel ready for the challenge of my F1 debut and look forward to working as part of the team in a race environment after all the work we’ve done together previously in the tests I’ve completed and back at Leafield in the sim. Hopefully this will be something we will be able to carry through to the 2015 season together.”

Caterham returns in Abu Dhabi this weekend after missing races in the United States and Brazil due to its financial struggles. The team entered administration following the Russian Grand Prix, but has been brought back into action by the administrators put in charge, led by Finbarr O’Connell.

Stevens will race alongside regular driver Kamui Kobayashi for Caterham in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1: Recapping the past week’s news

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This past week in Formula 1 was dominated by teams launching their 2018 challengers for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

A total of six teams took the covers off their new chassis for the world to see this week, joining Haas F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing in doing so.

The list below contains the teams that launched their 2018 chassis this week and the name of their 2018 chassis:

  • Red Bull Racing – RB14
  • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – C37
  • Renault Sport F1 Team – R.S.18
  • Scuderia Ferrari – SJ71H
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas – W09
  • McLaren F1 Team – MCL33

Testing for everyone begins on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, beginning a stretch of two weeks of pre-season testing prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India and Scuderia Toro Rosso are expected to unveil their 2018 cars the morning of the first day of testing.

Force India Up for Sale?

Rumors about the future of Sahara Force India, already rumored to be changing names soon, took yet another interesting this week as news surfaced about a possible sale of the team to British energy drink firm Rich Energy.

This news also comes as current majority team owner Dr. Vijay Mallya faces developing legal troubles involving money laundering, further adding to the murky environment surrounding a team that has become the “best of the rest” behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in recent years.

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