Formula Renault 3.5 Series race-winner Will Stevens will make his Grand Prix debut for the Caterham F1 Team at this weekend’s curtain-closer in Abu Dhabi. The 23-year-old Briton will partner Kamui Kobayashi at the Leafield-based team’s crowdfunding-assisted return to the grid after a two-race absence.

Stevens was previously a member of the Caterham Racing Academy – he twice tested for the outfit at ‘Young Drivers’ test sessions – before he joined fellow Caterham exile Alexander Rossi as part of the Marussia F1 Team’s reserve line-up. He was meant to have had a Friday practice outing for the team at the Japanese Grand Prix, but was sidelined when it turned out that his SuperLicense hadn’t been granted.

With Marussia going into administration after the Russian Grand Prix, Stevens was back on the market once again. His backers have managed to secure him a maiden race appearance with Caterham, whose administrators will be aiming to convince prospective buyers to rescue the team and keep it racing into 2015.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be getting this opportunity and am very grateful to everyone involved at Caterham for giving it to me,” Stevens said.

“I feel ready for the challenge of my F1 debut and look forward to working as part of the team in a race environment after all the work we’ve done together previously in the tests I’ve completed and back at Leafield in the sim.

“Hopefully this will be something we will be able to carry through to the 2015 season together.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.