F1 2015 Driver Review: Will Stevens

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Will Stevens

Team: Manor Marussia F1 Team
Car No.: 28
Races: 17
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 13th (Great Britain)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 21st

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Will Stevens first full season in Formula 1 is unlikely to go down as one of the all-time stand-out rookie performances, yet it certainly featured a lot of personal development for the Briton.

After struggling to match teammate Roberto Merhi, Stevens began to get the upper hand on the Spaniard before Alexander Rossi was drafted in. Stevens lost 4-1 to the American in spite of his additional running in the car, but in Abu Dhabi, we saw a real sign of how far he has come as he put in a stellar display.

Nothing outstanding, but nothing so appalling to say he doesn’t deserve a second full year in F1.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Like Manor teammate Roberto Merhi, there were little to no expectations for the Englishman in his first full season of F1 and so any notable performances would stand out. Problem was, like Merhi, there were few notable performances that stood out.

At the very least, Stevens brought the car home in one piece more often than not. He arguably bore the worst luck at the start of the season; the team failed to turn a wheel in Melbourne and Stevens failed to start in Malaysia.

He beat Merhi regularly, although Alexander Rossi outdid Stevens in four of five races. All told, he was one of a handful of drivers you knew was racing, but you’d have to have looked hard to find him at any point.