Stevens hopeful of F1 return despite 2016 omission


Will Stevens has not given up on his Formula 1 dream despite losing his Manor Racing drive for 2016.

Manor decided to hire German Pascal Wehrlein and Indonesian racer Rio Haryanto to their team in 2016, meaning 2015 driver Stevens was on the sidelines, but the British racer hopes for a return to Formula 1, possibly in 2017.

Stevens understands the importance of racing in 2016 however, and is looking at his options for this year, with moves into either the Verizon IndyCar Series or the FIA World Endurance Championship being evaluated.

“At the moment, we’re exploring all avenues,” said Stevens to Racer. “I spend a lot of time in the States, know quite a few people there, so IndyCar is an option.

“We’re looking at a lot of things, and it’s no secret Formula 1 is not an option right now. So we’re trying to stay open and look at the best avenue for career longevity.

“If I’m totally honest, we’re not giving up on F1, for sure. Over the next few years, there’s going to be a lot of people coming out – retiring from the sport and going off to do other things, so we’re still confident the people I’ve got behind me will want to look at it again in 2017.

“But I need to do something to keep me racing. I don’t want to sit around and do nothing. At the moment I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’ll be doing something.”