A quote from the BBC in their coverage of testing.
"Marussia, who have clawed their way back from the brink of oblivion, have named Britain's Will Stevens as one of their drivers. However, the governing FIA said that was subject to him holding a super licence."
How can he not have a super licence now when he had one to race at Abu Dhabi? Not to mention the fact he won 2 races in 3.5 last year which even means he qualifies on the new regs. I think thats just crap reporting by the so-called BBC.
As for his backers - I really don't have a scooby but they were apparently prepared to pay a six figure sum to get him a Friday session in a Caterham last year so they must be loaded!
Think we need to add a 'current' tag to Will Stevens now.
Having looked at his times for P1 and P2, I think the guy deserves some credit for his work so far. In only his second F1 session he's managed (by my calculations) to get the car within 107 percent of the Mercedes in both sessions which should add weight to any appeal if they have trouble in qualification later and also, trimmed around a second off his best lap between P1 and P2.
All in all, given what a roughly designed, underpowered house brick he's driving, I think that's a pretty impressive days work for a rookie driver.