Will Stevens: “This will be a very emotional weekend for us”

Will Stevens feels this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka will be emotional for the Manor F1 Team, and hopes to provide a good result for the team to honour their fallen former driver Jules Bianchi.

The British driver feels Bianchi would have continued working in a professional manner, and Stevens is aiming to replicate that this weekend in Japan.

“This will be a very emotional weekend for us,” said Stevens. “We’re already a very close-knit team but occasions such as this only bring us closer and that helps us through the challenges we’ve experienced on and off the race track.

“In the same circumstances, Jules would have gone about the business of racing in a very focused and professional way and that is exactly what I’ll be doing.”

Stevens was disappointed with his performance in Singapore last weekend, and is looking to find the reasons why he under-performed so he can improve and secure a positive result to honour Bianchi.

“I didn’t have the best weekend in Singapore, albeit we secured another good two-car finish for the team,” added Stevens.

“But I need to get on top of some of the issues which hampered my performance there, so we’ll work together as a team to understand and address them so that we can bring home another good result for Jules.”