The Manor team head to the Russian Grand Prix in high spirits after they confirmed that they will be using 2016 Mercedes power units from next year. With Alexander Rossi on GP2 duties this weekend, Roberto Merhi returns to the team, for what will be his penultimate appearance of the season. Both drivers will be new to the Sochi Autodrom, and expect both drivers to be spending plenty of time in free practice learning the circuit. With the prospect of having the most highly-anticipated power unit at their disposal next season, the drivers will be doing all they can to try and secure a seat on the grid next season with Manor.
2015 Russian Grand Prix Manor Preview
No. 28 Will Stevens
A costly spin last time out at Suzuka cost Stevens quite heavily as he missed the opportunity to beat a team mate for the first time in since Monza. The Brit is confident in staying with the team next year, although many names must be linked with the two seats available. Stevens has seemed to struggle on circuits that use the soft and super soft tyre choice, so this weekend could be quite challenging.
No. 98 Roberto Merhi
Returning after a two-race absence is Spaniard Roberto Merhi. He has not driven the car since Monza so he might require a little time to get back into the swing of things. Merhi has raced at Russia in the past; however that was at the Moscow Raceway. With just two outings remaining this season, Merhi must do what he can with what little opportunity he has remaining to try and secure a seat for 2016.