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.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.