Will Stevens has missed out on an FP1 appearance for Marussia at the Japanese Grand Prix after paperwork issues.

Marussia was set to run Stevens in the opening practice session at Suzuka, which would have been his first appearance at an F1 race weekend. However, team principal John Booth confirmed to Crash.net on Friday morning that Stevens' paperwork had not arrived in time to allow him to drive.

Asked if there would be the possibility for future FP1 drives this season, Booth replied: "Absolutely."

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Despite that setback, Stevens has officially joined the team as an official reserve driver alongside Alexander Rossi, and he said it was a good time to be a Marussia driver.

"I'm really thrilled to be given this opportunity by the Marussia F1 Team," Stevens said. "They are a great team, with enormous potential, and I'm so happy to be joining them at this exciting time in their development.

"Off the back of my F1 tests with Caterham, I can't wait to get my first taste of the MR03. I'm looking forward to rewarding their faith in me and to making a positive contribution to our progress in the 2014 championship, and beyond."