Stevens: Future with Manor “looking positive”

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Will Stevens is working hard to secure a seat at Manor for the 2016 Formula 1 season, believing that his future with the British team is “looking positive”.

Stevens joined Manor at the beginning of 2015 after making his F1 debut in a one-off appearance for Caterham in Abu Dhabi last year.

Manor emerged from the old Marussia team that folded after the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, and continues to go from strength to strength as it prepares to open a new factory and engages in talks with Mercedes about an engine deal for 2016.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, Stevens expressed his belief in the Manor project, and said that talks were ongoing to secure his long-term future with the team.

“I think as a team for sure the next few years are going to be pretty exciting for them,” Stevens said. “This year was always going to be tough, using last year’s car with the old Ferrari power unit, so it’s going to be as tough as it can [be].

“But looking ahead to next year, for me personally we’re working hard in the background to try to sort out things for next year, which are looking positive, so we’ll see.

“Hopefully we’ll have some things to tell you soon.”

Stevens is bracing himself for a tough end to the season as he races on a number of new circuits, but is relishing the challenge.

“Heading into this weekend and the rest of the year, I don’t know any of the tracks apart from Abu Dhabi, so I have a lot of learning to do,” Stevens said.

“But I always like coming to new circuits, especially here. It’s always [been] a circuit I’ve wanted to drive, so looking forward to getting out there. The weather looks pretty mixed for the weekend so I’m sure we’re going to have a very eventful weekend.”