Will Stevens says he remains optimistic he will be factored into Manor Racing's bold new plans for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season despite acknowledging the increasing competition for his seat.

After a one-off outing with Caterham in 2014, Stevens made his full-time F1 debut in 2015 with the revived Manor team and has received praise for his efforts relative to competing with a year-old chassis and Ferrari engine.

However, Manor Racing will enter an interesting new era for 2016 with the confirmation that it has secured a supply of latest specification Mercedes engines next season, while Williams will supply the transmission for its all-new chassis.

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With the engine deal alone expected to see Manor make a significant stride towards competitiveness for 2016, it has subsequently evolved into a more attractive proposition as now the only remaining team not to have confirmed either driver for next year.

However, with many tipping Mercedes test driver and DTM leader Pascal Wehrlein for one of the seats as a caveat to the engine deal, Stevens remans confident he will still hold onto his place in the team despite the threat from others, not least team-mate Alex Rossi and former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.

"I am being asked 'is Wehrlein coming or not?'... honestly I don't know, but as I have said the whole year we are in a good position and we are talking at the moment. Everything is moving in the right direction, but we will see what happens for next year. We are happy with where we are at and what we are doing

"There are less and less seats available, so there will be drivers hanging around who want to get into F1 or people who have been here and are looking to get a seat.

"I am in a good position, so if there are two drivers, five drivers or ten drivers linked to the seat, it doesn't change our approach of what we do. We go about it in the right way and I like to think I have done a good job with the team and working together for another year would be good."

Even if the Manor deal has been arranged as a way of allowing Wehrlein a shot at an F1 drive, the young German will still need to get dispensation from the FIA over the current superlicence regulations since winning the DTM doesn't allow him enough for an automatic F1 entry.

Despite this, he has accumulated a vast amount of experience behind the wheel of the Mercedes and Force India F1 car in testing both in 2014 and 2015.