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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.