Stevens: It’s a steep learning curve

Date published: November 21 2014

Will Stevens realised a dream on Friday when he made his Formula 1 debut, but the Caterham driver admits he still has a lot to learn.

The 23-year-old was a last-minute addition to the grid for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after he was handed his Super Licence late on Thursday.

And it was a difficult start to life in the fast lane for the rookie as he only completed 11 laps in Free Practice One due to a problem with his CT05, but he managed 34 in the afternoon.

“I had been waiting for this day to arrive for a very long time – it didn’t start as well as I had hoped for, as a small technical issue meant I had to jump out of the car after only competing my installation lap,” he said.

“Luckily, the team did a great job and it got sorted out rapidly, meaning I could spend the rest of the day focusing on getting to grips with the car and completing as many laps as possible.

“In this afternoon’s session I already felt much more comfortable. We now need to work hard tonight and go through all the data gathered so that we drive out tomorrow well prepared.

“I’m happy with my race weekend so far, it’s definitely a steep learning curve, but I’m ready for the challenge and I want to thank all the fans out there that believed in the team and got us here to race.”