(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Robert Merhi and Will Stevens future at the Manor F1 Team appear to be secure after Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon stated that he is happy with their line-up.
The Manor team returned to Formula One after they were rescued from administration by businessman and Formula One enthusiast Stephen Fitzpatrick shortly before the start of the 2015 season and although the team made it out to Australia unfortunately due to a number of different problems related to the car they were unable to get out on track.
In Malaysia last weekend, Will Stevens suffered a fuel pressure problem which could not be sorted out on time for the start of the race however Roberto Merhi did get out on track and managed to complete a race distance for the outfit. The Spaniard finished the race in 15th place.
The team had initially signed both Stevens and Merhi up to short term contracts but Lowdon’s comments will come as a boost for the team as it means that for the moment at least they have some consistency instead of changing drivers every weekend.
Speaking about the Malaysian Grand Prix, Lowdon stated:
‘Roberto did a top class job’.
As for what will happen in China next weekend, the team have confirmed that they plan to run both cars throughout the event as had been the plan in Malaysia but for the issues that Stevens suffered.
© Ben Johnston 2015