Will Stevens: “The weekend has been pretty solid for us”

The Manor F1 Team ended the qualifying session in Bahrain with Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi both comfortably within the 107% cut off time, with the Briton qualifying eighteenth and the Spaniard nineteenth for Sunday’s race.

Stevens felt he had a good qualifying session, but insisted he could have been a little quicker on his final lap, but feels the whole weekend has been a positive one for him and the team.

“The weekend has been pretty solid for us,” reflected Stevens. “The conditions have been a little up and down due to the changing wind and also the track has been pretty dusty due to heavy overnight winds.

“I think we worked pretty well over the past couple of days to manage the differences and by qualifying we had a pretty good balance.

“I think there was a little bit more in the car today as I made a small mistake in turn 12, but it feels good for the race so I’m excited to see how we fare tomorrow.”

Team-mate Merhi was disappointed to finish over a second behind his team-mate after a mistake on his final lap, but feels happy with the progress the team continue to make this season.

“I’m a little disappointed with my lap as I made a mistake later at turn 4 and that stopped me improving on my second run,” said Merhi. “Otherwise, I think we can feel happy with the progress we’ve made through the weekend, especially as the track conditions have been evolving so much.

“The car is in a good place for tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to the race.”