British racing driver Will Stevens has made his way through the ranks of motor racing, often managing to race in multiple series at the same time. After winning the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Portugal Winter series, whilst also competing in the UK Formula Renault Winter series at the same time, Stevens competed in four rounds of New Zealand’s Toyota Racing series, managing to finish ninth in the season even though he only competed in a few of the rounds. He also raced in the Eurocup Formula Renualt 2.0 series for Fortec at Spa and Le Mans, competing against the likes of Jean-Eric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen and Arthur Pic. He competed again in the series in Budapest in 2010, as well as competing in the Formula Renault UK series for both these seasons. If that was not enough, he also raced in one of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup series in 2010, and again in 2011.
In 2012, he progressed to the Formula Renault 3.5 series, finishing 12th for Carlin before moving to P1 Motorsport in 2013, when he finished fourth. He also took part in the Formula One Young Driver Tests at Silverstone for the Caterham team in July of 2013, and I was lucky enough to be a guest of the team when he was driving, watching Will test whilst Alex Rossi explained what was going on.
2014 saw a move to Strakka Racing, still in Formula Renault 3.5, finishing sixth, whilst being a Caterham test driver. Towards the end of the season, Will and fellow Caterham test driver Alex Rossi moved to Marussia, before both teams entered administration. Caterham’s Crowd Funding strategy raised enough to get the team to the final race in Abu Dhabi in 2014, and Will joined Kamui Kobayashi as their driving team for the race. It proved to be the last race for Caterham, but not for Will, with his impressive debut helping him to a seat for the Manor team in 2015.
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Will Stevens at the 2015 Belgium Grand Prix
Will Stevens at the 2015 British Grand Prix
Will Stevens at the 2013 Young Driver Tests