According to various reports, Will Stevens has been contracted to race for the Caterham f1 team at Abu Dhabi and will join existing race driver Kamui Kobayashi as the team attempt to finish the season.
Although questions about how the Caterham F1 team will service their cars in Abu Dhabi, it has finally been revealed who will drive for the strugglers at the last race of the season. The team had spoken to a number of drivers about the race after Marcus Ericsson quit the team last week. F1 rules state that a team can only field a total of 4 drivers in a single season, which left the Leafield team few options about their line-up. Andre Lotterer, who started the Spa grand prix for Caterham was thought to be a front runner, but apparently turned down the offer of a second race for the team leaving them Kobayashi as their only option.
Who is Will Stevens?
Will Stevens, the Caterham replacement driver for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the 3rd British Driver on the grid. The 23 year old from Rochford Essex has previously worked as a test driver for the failed Marussia F1 team, but also drove for Caterham in the Silverstone Test sessions earlier this season giving him some experience of the 2014 car.
Stevens has spent the last 3 years driving in the Formula Renault 3.5 series for Carlin, P1 Motorsport and Strakka. This season he’s managed 2 wins and 2 other podium appearances to finish 6th in the championship after a 4th place in 2013.
Given Caterham’s absence from the last 2 races, and ongoing financial troubles, it’s unlikely that Will Stevens’ race debut will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills, but it’s worth remembering that the 1996 World Drivers Champion Damon HIll joined the F1 grid in similar circumstances driving for the Brabham team in 1992 before moving on to Williams.