Will Stevens will make his race debut for Caterham at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after getting his FIA Super Licence.

Caterham announced last on Friday that it would be racing in Abu Dhabi having concluded sponsorship deals which are bringing the team close to its ?2.35m crowdfunding goal. With its presence at the final race confirmed, Caterham has now named Stevens - who was previously affiliated with the team before a brief stint as Marussia test driver - as one of its race drivers alongside Kamui Kobayashi.

Stevens said he is looking forward to making his race debut, and hopes to use it as a springboard to a seat with the team next season.

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"I'm absolutely thrilled to be getting this opportunity and am very grateful to everyone involved at Caterham F1 Team for giving it to me," Stevens said. "I feel ready for the challenge of my F1 debut and look forward to working as part of the Team in a race environment after all the work we've done together previously in the tests I've completed and back at Leafield in the sim. Hopefully this will be something we will be able to carry through to the 2015 season together".

Gianluca Pisanello, Caterham F1 Team head of engineering operations, explained that Stevens had been confirmed last week as he was a preferred candidate for the seat.

"We know Will very well through his involvement in the Caterham Racing Academy and more importantly he has done a vast amount of time in our simulator, completing around 10,000km, which has built his experience both of this year's car and with the engineering team that are going to Abu Dhabi," Pisanello said. "In addition, his 2014 test at Silverstone in our current car, where he completed over 500kms, was very successful and his race pace was very good.

"As a result, he was one of our best candidates for this race weekend and we are delighted to have secured his services for our return to the F1 grid. We in fact signed Will last week but have had to wait for confirmation of his Super licence before making our announcement".

Stevens has experience of the 2014 car having taken part in the Silverstone in-season test for Caterham earlier this year.