Will Stevens closing on 2016 Formula 1 seat with Manor

Will Stevens is closing in on securing a seat with Manor for the 2016 Formula 1 season

Will Stevens closing on 2016 Formula 1 seat with Manor

The team is in limbo at present given the recent resignations of a number of key personnel, notably .

Behind the scenes, however, negotiations are continuing with a number of drivers over the only two remaining F1 seats for 2016.

Autosport understands Stevens' backers are poised to complete a deal with Manor that will guarantee the 24-year-old's position on the grid.

Speaking to Autosport, Stevens said: "Everything is moving in the right direction.

"I've a lot of people working on my behalf, and everything on a daily basis is improving. We are happy with what's going on and the way we are going forward.

"Obviously I'd love for it to have moved forward quicker than it has, and to say I've signed for next year, because as a driver I want to get it done as quickly as possible.

"I want to go to races knowing my future is sorted and next year is sorted, but these things take time, although we're pushing hard.

"If everything goes to plan then I am confident I'll be with the team next year."

Stevens feels he has also done a good enough job on track to prove he is worthy of the drive, rather than finances leading in the decision-making.

"I've qualified well - I've only been beaten five times this year by my team-mate - and my pace has always been strong," said Stevens.

"The one thing I've wanted to do is show my speed is good, and if you look across every single session, the fact I've been quicker in the vast majority of them than my team-mate shows the speed is there.

"In terms of making good decisions and strategy calls, that's where you learn.

"But I really feel, given where I am at right now compared to the start of the year, I am more of a complete package, and I feel confident.

"So everything is heading in the right direction, and I'd love to have another shot at it next year with a more competitive package.

"Hopefully as a team we are fighting for points and are competitive, and I'd love to have a year like that to really prove what I can do in F1."

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