F1 2014 Driver Review: Will Stevens

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Will Stevens

Team: Caterham F1 Team
Car No.: 46
Races: 1
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 23rd

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Will Stevens’ appearance as a last-minute entry for Caterham at the final race of the year came as a surprise to the F1 paddock, but the Briton did himself little harm with a solid first outing on a grand prix weekend at Yas Marina. After a shaky start in practice, he was soon on the pace and even felt he should have outqualified Kamui Kobayashi despite the Japanese driver having plenty more experience under his belt.

His race in Abu Dhabi was pretty much the norm for Caterham – that is, circulating at the back – but he did enter a drag race with Fernando Alonso at one point, sparking anger from the Spaniard. Seeing the flag was a major achievement for Stevens, though, and even if he isn’t in the frame to race in F1 next season, it certainly wasn’t a bad outing.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

I made the comparison on Twitter during this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Will Stevens’ debut in the race probably best resembles Markus Winkelhock’s in terms of “where the heck did he come from?” Yeah, so Stevens didn’t do an insane last-to-first march as Winkelhock did in the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, but he did mix it up with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari – for position – with a Renault engine in the back of his Caterham that actually had the measure of the Ferrari. It was a surreal moment.

Stevens won a handful of races in World Series by Renault and no doubt had some financial help to get the opportunity, but he certainly made the most of it. He found several seconds over the weekend, rued not qualifying closer than a half second behind Kamui Kobayashi, finished the race, then banked nearly 200 laps of testing the week after. He may never race in F1 again but his week of glory this November didn’t do him any harm.

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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