17 May 2015
Stevens out to pick up the pieces in Monaco
Manor rookie Will Stevens will be keeping his fingers crossed for some 'argy bargy' in the F1 midfield as he seeks to repeat Jules Bianchi's 2014 point-scoring performnce at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Will Stevens admits that repeating Jules Bianchi's points-scoring performance from last year's Monaco Grand Prix is unlikely this season, but that doesn't mean that he won't be ready to accept any opportunity that comes his way.
Bianchi took advantage of incidents further up the field to push his Marussia into the top ten, climbing as high as eighth by the chequered flag before a five-second penalty for a safety car infraction dropped him a spot in the final classification. The two points he scored were enough to guarantee Marussia tenth place in the teams' classification at the end of the year, providing valuable prize money towards its 2015 campaign.
Although Bianchi is with the team in thought only following his horrific Japanese Grand Prix accident last October, Stevens and fellow rookie Roberto Merhi continue to fly the Manor/Marussia flag, even if it is generally right at the back of the field. The Briton, however, knows that Monaco is the sort of place where the unexpected can be expected.
“I'm really looking forward to the race,” he told Crash.net, “I've driven there for the last three years, so I know it pretty well and I can't wait to get going again.
“If there's any race where we're going to be closer [to the rest of the pack], it'll be Monaco, for sure. Using the supersofts there will help us more than the other teams - [Barcelona] was always going to be difficult because we were using the hard tyre and that doesn't work for us, so, in Monaco, straight away we're going to be in a better position.
“Last year was a massive race for the team, and I'm sure there'll be a lot more argy-bargy in the middle of the field, so we'll have to try and pick up the pieces if there's anything left. If it's a normal race, I'm pretty confident we won't be scoring points but I'll be pushing to make that happen.
“Like I said, if there's going to be any race where we're [going to repeat 2014], it'll be there. The last two years, I think, there have been mixed conditions on Friday and Saturday, so there's always a chance for the race to be spiced up a little bit. There's usually safety cars and other bits and pieces so, if we do a good job as a team and get the maximum from the car – and if there's a few incidents here and there – I'm sure we'll finish higher than we have so far this year.”
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