Japanese Grand Prix: Will Stevens handed Marussia practice chance

By Andrew Benson & Tony Dodgins BBC Sport
Will Stevens
Stevens is contesting his third season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series

British driver Will Stevens will drive for Marussia in first practice at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday.

The 23-year-old, who will drive Max Chilton's car, is set to be announced as reserve driver with Alexander Rossi.

Stevens, who races in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, drove in a test for Caterham at Silverstone in July but has since split with the team.

Chilton missed practice at the Belgian GP after a financial dispute with Marussia, which is not the case here.

He said: "Although Suzuka is one of those circuits where you like as much time in the car as possible, I feel confident that I've got the pace.

"Will is a good friend; I think I first karted against him in '99 and we still play golf together about once a month. It is difficult to get the testing mileage these days, and I am fully behind him."

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