Will Stevens

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Will Stevens
Will Stevens 2017.jpg
Will Stevens, racing in 2017 with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.
Born William Stevens
(1991-06-28) 28 June 1991 (age 25)
Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 20142015
Teams Caterham, Marussia
Entries 20 (18 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Last entry 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Previous series
2016
2016
20142015
201214
2010
200911
200910
2008–09
2008
2008
Blancpain Endurance Series
FIA WEC
Formula One
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
FR2.0 Northern European Cup
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault UK
Toyota Racing Series
FRUK Winter Series
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series

William "Will" Stevens (born 28 June 1991 in Rochford, Essex)[1] is a British racing driver, who formerly competed in the Formula One, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Toyota Racing Series and the British Formula Renault Championships. In Formula One, he made his debut at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Caterham F1, replacing Marcus Ericsson for the double points race. During the 2015 season he competed with the Manor Marussia F1 Team. As of October 2016, he races in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with G-Drive Racing in the LMP2 category.

In 2016, he competed in the Blancpain GT Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP2) while in 2017, Stevens continues to race for Belgian Audi Club Team WRT racing an Audi R8 LMS in the Blancpain GT Series’ Sprint & Endurance Cups, Blancpain GT Asia Series and the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Stevens started his racing career in 2003 at age of 12 in karts. After one year of racing in the National Cadet championship he joined Rotax Mini Max. He raced in a lot of different championships in Britain and outside, and after finishing 7th in the Rotax class in Super One he joined Formula Renault 2.0.

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

He ended 7th in the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 UK and 4th in 2010. In 2011 he switched to the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, where he resulted 4th.

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

Stevens jumped to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2012, resulting 12th in his first year. In 2013 he scored five podiums in 17 races and ended fourth in the season standings. The driver got two wins and four podiums in 2014 to finish sixth in points.

Formula One[edit]

Marussia and Caterham (2014)[edit]

In October 2014 Marussia F1 announced that Stevens had joined the team as a reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season. They had originally planned to run him in first practice session of the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix; however they were unable to return the relevant paperwork to the FIA Contract Recognition Board in time.[2]

The following month he made his Formula One debut with Caterham F1 at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having previously tested for the team.[3] He finished the race in 17th place, one lap down.[4] He paid £500,000 for the privilege.[5]

Marussia (2015)[edit]

Stevens driving for Marussia at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

In February 2015, Marussia F1 announced Stevens as one of their drivers whilst bringing substantial funding to the team, along with Roberto Merhi.[6] Marussia attended the Australian Grand Prix but did not compete due to a technical issue.[citation needed] In the Malaysian Grand Prix Stevens drove the Marussia car for the first time in Practice 1. However, he did not compete in qualifying or the race because of a problem with the fuel system. In the Chinese Grand Prix Stevens finished his first race for Marussia in 15th place ahead of his teammate Merhi after being lapped twice by race winner Lewis Hamilton. Stevens finished ahead of Merhi in Bahrain and Spain. He finished behind Merhi in the Monaco Grand Prix in 16th. In the Canadian Grand Prix he qualified behind Merhi but moved up to 17th due to penalties to Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. In the race on lap 52, Romain Grosjean of Lotus was lapping Stevens but cut Stevens left rear tyre which caused both drivers to make an emergency pit stop. The mechanics of both Lotus and Marussia had little time to react to their drivers pitting so that meant both Grosjean and Stevens took long pit stops. Stevens complained to his team on the radio about the incident. Grosjean received a 5-second penalty for the collision but Stevens had dropped from being 4 seconds behind Merhi to a minute behind him. However, Merhi was forced to retire on lap 56 after a drive-shaft issue. Stevens eventually finished in 17th place, 4 laps down on race winner Lewis Hamilton. After the race, Grosjean apologised to Stevens for the incident. During the later races of the season, Merhi was replaced by Alexander Rossi who outpaced Stevens in 3 of 4 races.

WEC and Blancpain (2016)[edit]

Will Stevens races in the 2017 Blancpain Endurance Series with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

In February 2016, Manor Motorsport, a team made by former Manor Racing employees John Booth and Graeme Lowdon, decided to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with Stevens and former Manor F3 driver Tor Graves.[7] The following month it was announced that Stevens would dovetail his WEC campaign with racing in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series for the W Racing Team, driving an Audi R8 LMS with René Rast.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula Junior FR2.0 Fortec Motorsport 4 0 0 1 1 15 8th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 0 0 0 0 54 8th
2008–09 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 9 0 1 0 5 491 9th
2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Formula Renault UK 20 0 0 0 1 247 7th
2010 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC MP Motorsport 3 1 1 0 1 58 17th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Manor Competition 2 0 0 0 1 N/A NC†
Formula Renault UK 20 1 1 0 7 397 4th
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 14 1 3 0 4 116 4th
Formula Renault UK 4 0 1 0 2 76 14th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin 17 0 0 0 1 59 12th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series P1 by Strakka Racing 17 0 0 2 5 148 4th
Formula One Caterham F1 Team Test driver
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Strakka Racing 17 2 1 0 4 122 6th
Formula One Caterham F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2015 Formula One Manor Marussia F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 0 21st
2016 World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Manor 2 0 0 0 0 92 7th
G-Drive Racing 3 2 2 0 3
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 8 0 0 0 3 39 9th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 0 0 0 0 19 18th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 4 16th
European Le Mans Series 1 0 0 0 1 18 19th
2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 0 0 0 1 15 8th*
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Carlin ALC
1

6
ALC
2

8
MON
1

12
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

8
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

13
MSC
1

10
MSC
2

8
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

6
HUN
1

23
HUN
2

3
LEC
1

11
LEC
2

11
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

9
12th 59
2013 P1 Motorsport MNZ
1

18
MNZ
2

Ret
ALC
1

2
ALC
2

4
MON
1

7
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

2
MSC
1

4
MSC
2

3
RBR
1

4
RBR
2

6
HUN
1

8
HUN
2

Ret
LEC
1

5
LEC
2

13
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

3
4th 148
2014 Strakka Racing MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

Ret
ALC
1

12
ALC
2

3
MON
1

8
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

2
MSC
1

6
MSC
2

9
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

7
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

10
LEC
1

12
LEC
2

8
JER
1

1
JER
2

13
6th 122

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU
17
23rd 0
2015 Manor Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03B Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t AUS
DNP
MAL
DNS
CHN
15
BHR
16
ESP
17
MON
17
CAN
17
AUT
Ret
GBR
13
HUN
16
BEL
16
ITA
15
SIN
15
JPN
19
RUS
14
USA
Ret
MEX
16
BRA
17
ABU
18
21st 0

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2016 Manor LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
SPA
8
7th 92
G-Drive Racing LMS
2
NÜR MEX COA FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2016 Russia G-Drive Racing Germany René Rast
Russia Roman Rusinov
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 357 6th 2nd

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

14
MIS
CR

Ret
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
NÜR
QR

3
NÜR
CR

2
HUN
QR

10
HUN
CR

3
CAT
QR

5
CAT
CR

18
9th 39
2017 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

Ret
MIS
CR

DNS
BRH
QR

11
BRH
CR

3
ZOL
QR

ZOL
CR

HUN
QR

HUN
CR

NÜR
QR

NÜR
CR

8th* 15*

* Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 Team WRT LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC SPA
2
EST 19th 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will Stevens". DriverDB. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Benson, Andrew (3 October 2014). "Japanese GP: Briton Will Stevens joins Marussia". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Caterham sign Britain's Will Stevens for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014 Results". BBC Sport. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Will Stevens: Who is Formula 1's new English driver?". BBC Sport. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Will Stevens secures Manor Formula 1 race seat". autosport.com. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens moves to Manor WEC LMP2 team". Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary (9 March 2016). "Will Stevens and Rene Rast share WRT entry in Blancpain GT Series". autosport.com. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 

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