Stevens enjoying Merhi battle


Manor's drivers are finally finding their feet in Formula 1, and Will Stevens believes it is resulting in a good battle between himself and Roberto Merhi.

Although Stevens made his F1 debut with Caterham in the final race of the 2014 campaign, this is his first full season in the sport while Spaniard Merhi is also a rookie.

To make their lives even more difficult, Manor made a pretty late start to the season as they didn't compete in the first race in Australia.

However, a few grands prix later and the two youngsters are starting to settle, meaning the competition is heating up.

Stevens initially had the upper hand in their team-mate battle, but Merhi has hit back in recent races, outqualifying the Spaniard at the Canadian GP before he was forced to retire.

"I actually passed Roberto in my first stint, tyre deg was good, and we could’ve done a one-stopper," Stevens said.

"We really enjoyed having the competition here, we really like racing. I relish a challenge and look forward to more battles like that in the next few races."

He added: "We struggled to get balance in the beginning [of the season], but I’m comfortable with it in the past few races. But I’ve known Roberto would find his feet eventually too."