Will Stevens says he is learning quickly during his first ever grand prix weekend in Abu Dhabi, after finishing Friday practice slowest.

With Caterham returning to the grid for the first time since the Russian Grand Prix, it was always likely it would be at the bottom of the timesheets at the final race of the season. While Stevens missed out on some running in FP1, he was also slowest in the second session but closed the gap to team-mate Kamui Kobayashi to 1.5s and said he is satisfied with the progress he made between sessions.

"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," Stevens 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.

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"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."