Will Stevens has praised the effort and hard work of the Manor Marussia F1 team in getting back to the F1 grid following the announcement of its plan to return for the Australian Grand Prix.
The embattled outfit, which missed the final three rounds of the 2014 season under its previous Marussia guise, has been vocal in its plans to return to F1 in recent weeks and duly exited administration earlier this month.
Though the team has faced hurdles in getting back to the sport, not least getting the backing and dispensation required to run its 2014 car initially, Manor – which will seemingly operate under the Manor Marussia banner – confirmed it fully intends to be in Melbourne
, going as far as to announce Stevens as its first driver.
The youngster – who has been competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship for the last two season - has an established relationship with Marussia as its test and reserve driver, while he got his F1 debut with Caterham at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale.
Indeed, the 23 year-old is excited about the opportunity to spearhead the revived Manor Marussia project and has lauded the commitment of the team members in getting to this point.
“It's very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team” he said.
“It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne.
“My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can't wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks' time."