Roberto Merhi will get another chance to make his belated F1 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix after retaining his drive alongside Will Stevens at Manor F1.

The former Caterham reserve driver was originally named as Manor F1's second driver for the Australian Grand Prix, but his hopes of making his race debut were scuppered when the team was unable to get its cars on track at any point during the event.

Though his deal with Manor F1 is believed to be only 'race-by-race' since he has already committed to a season in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, Merhi will nonetheless remain with the team for the second round at Sepang.

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"I'm very excited about the prospect of making my F1 debut in Malaysia. Obviously Sepang is a challenging environment, so I have been doing all I can on my side to prepare for that to be able to manage the heat and humidity.

"The last race weekend was disappointing for everyone in the team, but I know how much work has gone into getting us fully operational again and it will be great for everyone to finally see wheels turning."

Stevens - who is signed up with Manor for a whole season - is also excited about the prospect of getting out on track and racing this time.

"It's great to be heading to Malaysia in the knowledge that we are in a different place to our situation in Melbourne.

"Sepang is a fantastic and very technical track, so it will be a good test of our package. I'm really excited about being able to begin the development programme and to start to understand what we have and where we are in relation to the competition."