Stevens hails progress after completing Manor debut

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying Day - Shanghai, China

Will Stevens has hailed Manor Marussia’s progress after both cars finished a race for the first time this season at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The team failed to run at all at the season-opener in Australia, while Stevens missed the Malaysian Grand Prix after a fuel system failure.

However, the one-time Caterham racer led home team-mate Roberto Merhi during Sunday’s race in China to record his first finish of the year in 15th.

“A great race for me and the team and one which shows how far we’ve come in a very short space of time,” he said.

“Obviously it feels really good for me to be racing again and to finish the race with both cars is so important for us at this stage of our development.

“We always knew that when we sorted out the challenges we’d have a reliable car.

“I didn’t get the best of starts but those sorts of issues are easily resolved and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more progress over the next few races.”

Manor team principal John Booth added: “The whole team can feel really proud of what we’ve achieved in China this weekend.

“Our target was to get both cars to the chequered flag and it’s a great feeling to have achieved that and to see the progress we’ve made in every session.

“The pace is also starting to come now – we were much better off in the race today – so there is a lot to be satisfied with and a lot to look forward to.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Manor Marussia F1 Team

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