Stevens and Merhi ‘excited’ by Manor challenge

After being forced to remain in the pit garage in Australia throughout the weekend due to software issues with their cars, the Manor F1 Team arrive in Malaysia with the belief of having a much better weekend at Sepang, having had more time to solve the issues and prepare the cars ready to take to the track.

Will Stevens will be looking to make his second Grand Prix start in Malaysia, having debuted for the now defunct Caterham F1 Team in Abu Dhabi last season, and feels ready for the challenges in Sepang. He is eager to find out where Manor stands in comparison with the rest of the field.

“It’s great to be heading to Malaysia in the knowledge that we are in a different place to our situation in Melbourne,” said Stevens.

“Sepang is a fantastic and very technical track, so it will be a good test of our package. I’m really excited about being able to begin the development programme and to start to understand what we have and where we are in relation to the competition.”

Team-mate Roberto Merhi is hopeful of finally making his Grand Prix debut in Sepang, having been disappointed to miss out in Australia, and feels prepared for the challenges the circuit will bring.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of making my F1 debut in Malaysia,” insisted Merhi. “Obviously Sepang is a challenging environment, so I have been doing all I can on my side to prepare for that to be able to manage the heat and humidity.

“The last race weekend was disappointing for everyone in the team, but I know how much work has gone into getting us fully operational again and it will be great for everyone to finally see wheels turning.”