He joins Alexander Rossi in that capacity. Like Rossi, Stevens was previously linked with Marussia’s rivals Caterham, as part of their young driver academy. Stevens drove for Caterham in a test at Silverstone in July, and in last year’s young drivers’ test.
According to Marussia, Stevens will participate in “a number of free practice one sessions during the remainder of the season”. However he will not drive for the team today at Suzuka in place of Max Chilton as had been rumoured.
The 23-year-old is currently sixth in the Formula Renault 3.5 series having won the season-opening race at Monza. He was fourth in the championship last year.
“Will is a driver we have been watching since he arrived in Formula Renault,” said team principal John Booth.
“We have admired his ability to learn quickly and compete in the thick of the action, so we are very pleased to add him to our roster of official reserve drivers, which is now looking very strong indeed. It is great to be able to take such promising talents as Will and Alexander under our wing and help them progress to the next level.
“We look forward to seeing Will perform in the MR03, when I am sure he will demonstrate some further signs of his obvious potential.”
2014 Japanese Grand Prix
- Bianchi’s fight for life ends nine months after Japanese Grand Prix crash
- Streiff’s comments on Bianchi crash investigation prompts legal action from FIA
- No improvement in Bianchi’s condition
- FIA plans changes after Bianchi crash but report says his speed was to blame
- Bianchi returns to France but condition still “critical”
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