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Will Stevens optimistic over 2016 Formula 1 drivers' seat with Manor

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Englishman Will Stevens is confident that he will remain with Manor for the 2016 season.

Manor has yet to confirm any of their drivers for next year when they are expected to prove more competitive, after securing Mercedes engines and signing a technical partnership with Williams.

An ever-increasing number of drivers are competing for the two Manor seats. Yet Stevens is optimistic that he will take one, with Mercedes protege Pascal Wehrlein expected to fill the other.


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Stevens, who made his F1 debut during the 2014 season, told Sky Sports: "I'm not contracted, but in terms of the usual questions I am going to get asked 'is Wehrlein coming or is he not?' honestly I don't know.

"As I have said all year, we are in a good position, we are talking to them at the minute and everything is moving in the right direction. We will see what happens next year, but at the moment we are happy with where we are at and what we are doing.

"Obviously being my first year I wanted to get as much longevity to it as I could and that is why I say we are in a good position if we want to mutually work together again next year. There are two seats left and we are in a good position and will wait and see what happens in the next few weeks."

Stevens facing competition

A number of drivers have been linked with the two Manor seats, however, Stevens says he is not in any way concerned by the rumours.

The Brit added: "Personally, more and more people are getting linked with the seat, but there are probably only two seats left on the grid so everyone is going to get linked with it.

"Whether you are getting linked to it and whether you are actually in the frame are two different things in our opinion. There are probably a lot of people for competition, but I am not that worried about it to be honest."

Manor have contested the 2015 campaign with a modified 2014 Marussia chassis and a year-old Ferrari power unit.

That has led to the team struggling at the back of the grid and showing no real signs of proving competition.

Manor yet to score points

Manor remain rooted at the bottom of the constructor standings and are the only team yet to score a point in the current season.

And with just four races, including this weekend's United States Grand Prix, remaining in the 2015 calendar, the chances of Manor breaking their duck seem slim at best.

However, next year the team will switch to a current specification Mercedes unit and Manor's technical partnership with Williams will see them receive transmission and suspension components.

That, according to Stevens, is a huge boost for Manor and should see them produce significantly improved performances, both in qualifying and in races.

"The Mercedes thing is really good for the team," said Stevens. "If you could choose any power unit at the minute obviously you'd chose that so I think it is a really good step for the team to take and it makes next year even more exciting for them. A new power unit and a new car, they should find big improvements next year."

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