China GP: Manor's Will Stevens could make F1 debut in Shanghai

Will Stevens
Stevens finished 17th in his only previous grand prix
Chinese Grand Prix
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit. Date: 10-12 April
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English driver Will Stevens is hoping to finally make his Manor debut at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

The 23-year-old is yet to drive in qualifying or a race for his new team after they suffered teething problems in Australia and Malaysia.

They were rescued from administration in February but missed the opening race with technical issues.

"Coming here we're in a much better position again and I'd like to think I'll be racing," said Stevens.

"So third time lucky and I hope this weekend will be good."

Will Stevens's career
He spent three seasons in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, scoring two victories this year to finish sixth in the championship
The 23-year-old tested for Caterham in the 2013 and 2014 Formula 1 in-season tests at Silverstone, clocking up over 1,100km (690 miles)
He raced in the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP for Caterham, finishing 17th out of 17 who completed the race

Stevens and his team-mate Roberto Merhi did not make it onto the track in Melbourne for the season opener after suffering software issues.

In the following race in Sepang, after taking part in the two Friday practice sessions, Stevens missed final practice and qualifying due to a fuel system issue although Merhi did manage to finish the race.

"Clearly Malaysia was a tough weekend for me," he added.

"To miss qualifying and the race was disappointing, but then we came into this year knowing the first few races would be difficult."

"I'm part of the team and I need to understand everything that is going on. As I do, it makes problems easier to get through."

Stevens has taken part in one F1 race so far, when he raced for the now-defunct Caterham team in Abu Dhabi at the end of last season.

Fellow Englishman Jolyon Palmer is also in China and will take part in first practice for Lotus.

It will be the first Formula 1 drive for the 24-year-old who won last season's GP2 title.

Andrew Benson's Chinese GP view
"The longest straight and, in its never-ending Turn One, probably the longest corner on the Formula 1 calendar it may have, but the Shanghai International Circuit is memorable more for the smog that perpetually envelopes it than any of its physical characteristics."It ticks the box of giving F1 a race in China - a requirement that in the modern world no self-respecting 'world' championship could do without - but inspirational it is not."The track's stand-out feature is probably the back end of the paddock, where the vast concrete expanse behind the garages gives way to a series of pavilions dotted around a small lake, which the teams use as their offices for the grand prix weekend."It's a lovely idea, and really quite attractive, but it can turn finding anyone to talk to into an odyssey to match Marco Polo's."Still, the place has thrown up some decent races in the past, and there is an element of exoticism about any trip to Shanghai."

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