Will Stevens: “It’s a really nice result for the team’s hard work”

Despite qualifying on the back row of the grid at Silverstone, Will Stevens was happy with his performance, feeling that the updated Manor F1 Team car brought to the British Grand Prix has given his extra confidence, especially around the high-speed corners.

Stevens out-qualified team-mate Roberto Merhi by more than two seconds at Silverstone, finishing ahead of his team-mate for the first time in qualifying since the Monaco Grand Prix in May, and praised the team for the hard work they’ve put in to bring the updates to the track.

“I’m really happy with my performance today,” revealed Stevens. “Things really couldn’t have gone any better for me in my first British Grand Prix qualifying session.

”The upgrades have been working well for us all weekend and they’ve given me more confidence in the high-speed corners. In my second run everything just came together for the lap and I was able to show the potential of the developments we brought here, so it’s a really nice result for the team’s hard work over the past few months.”

Stevens feels the whole weekend has been special for the Essex-born Briton so far, and hopes to take advantage of any mixed conditions that could hit the race on Sunday.

“It’s been a very special weekend so far; the support here at Silverstone has been incredible,” reflected Stevens. “Tomorrow is the big day of course and I can’t wait to line up on the grid and go racing in front of my home crowd.

“The conditions could be quite mixed, so it could make for an interesting race. Who knows what could happen?!”