31 August 2015
Stevens: You never stop learning
Will Stevens, refreshed after his summer break, is determined to keep developing as a driver of the remainder of his rookie F1 season.
F1 rookie Will Stevens admits that he is picking up something new every time he gets into the cockpit of his Manor-Marussia entry – and doesn't expect that to change for the length of his career.
The Briton, who made his top flight debut in last season's Abu Dhabi finale before signing on with Manor for the 2015 campaign, currently has a best finish of 13th, from his home grand prix at Silverstone, as he battles from the back with the under-funded minnow, but insists that every outing is valuable if not lucrative.
“I don't think, as a driver, you ever stop learning,” he explained, “I'm still only halfway through my first season in F1, but I'm sure the drivers who have been here for ten years are still learning as well. Every race I get to do, I am learning new things and I think the biggest thing is to get through the weekend and keep working forward.”
Although he appeared to have the upper hand in the battle with equally inexperienced team-mate Roberto Merhi early in the season, the tide has shown signs of turning in recent races, with the Spaniard closing the qualifying head-to-head to 6-3 in Stevens' favour and bringing his car home ahead of the Briton's in five of the last 16 races. Stevens, however, knows that there so many things that can affect performance, and remains determined to get the most from the development sessions early in a grand prix weekend.
“There is so much progress you can make with the car, with different bits and pieces, to find a good balance through the weekend and, at some races this year where we haven't done that, you can really see how it affects the end performance,” he conceded, “For the second half of the year, we need to always make good decisions from the start of FP1 through to quali, as that will prove pivotal for the rest of the weekend.”
The former World Series by Renault frontrunner is not totally focused on F1, however, having taken advantage of the recent summer break to get away from it all.
“I was in America for 2-3 weeks as I prefer to shut-off from it and then come back refreshed and ready to go for it again,” he explained, “Because of the team shut-down, there is only limited stuff we can do for those two weeks anyway, so I think it is nice to get away, see some friends and chill out for a while. [Motorsport] is always in the back of your mind, but it's good to get away, hit reset and come back for the second half of the year.”
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