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Will Stevens: “This track has happy memories for me”

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Will Stevens will return to the scene of his maiden Grand Prix start twelve months ago this weekend in Abu Dhabi, with the Manor F1 Team driver insisting he is looking forward to his second race at the track.

The British driver raced for the now-defunct Caterham F1 Team at the Yas Marina Circuit in 2014, and then participated in the post-race test at the circuit, and admits he has happy memories of the track as a result.

Stevens finally got the better of Alexander Rossi last time out in Brazil, and will be looking to repeat the feat this weekend on Roberto Merhi, who returns to the team with Rossi on GP2 Series duty, with the Spaniard having beaten Stevens to the line the last time they raced together in Italy.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” revealed Stevens. “It was here 12 months ago that I made my F1 debut, so this track has happy memories for me and it’s one I really enjoy racing at.

“I had a really strong race in Brazil, so I’d really like to replicate that performance on Sunday and I plan to approach the weekend in a similar fashion, focusing much more on the race than my single lap pace.

“Beating my team-mate is a moving target once again, with Roberto back in the car rather than Alex, but my aim is still to be the lead Manor driver going into the race, and the first to cross the line at the end of it.”

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