Will Stevens feels that he has settled into life in Formula 1 quickly following his first half-season in the sport with Manor.
The British driver made his F1 debut with Caterham in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2014, but joined Manor in a full-time role following the team’s revival from the old Marussia F1 Team.
With limited resources, Manor has been unable to challenge any of the other nine teams on the F1 grid, leaving Stevens to fight only with teammate Roberto Merhi at the back.
However, he has still managed to put in some impressive displays, recording a best result of 13th at the British Grand Prix in July.
Speaking to the official F1 website, Stevens explained how he believes he has still made an impact during his first half-season in the sport despite racing at the back of the grid.
“We’re racing at the back, but the people inside F1 can still see that you’re doing a good job and achieving the maximum you can in the car that you have,” Stevens said.
“So far I think people are seeing that, or at least that’s what I’ve heard. It doesn’t matter where I am on the grid, this year was all about me proving I’m ready to be in F1 and I’m ready to stay in F1.
“I’m not here just to do a year or a few races – I want to earn a career in F1. So far this year I couldn’t have asked for anymore. I’ve settled into the environment really quickly and I feel comfortable straight away being here.
“I’m enjoying every minute. I’ve been welcomed into the team and felt at home straight away – I think that’s why the results so far have been strong.”
When asked about his plans for 2016, Stevens said that he is simply focusing on his own performances out on track instead of his future with Manor.
“I’ve got lots of people working on my behalf to sort all those things out,” Stevens said.
“I’m not different to any other driver. I concentrate on the driving side and there’s other people trying to sort my future out.
“My job is to focus on what’s happening now and to achieve the best job I can. If I do that it only helps the discussions that everybody is having.”