King to make Formula 1 practice debut in Austin

Jordan King

Jordan King

GP2 driver Jordan King will make his Formula 1 practice debut with Manor at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old will participate in Friday’s opening practice with the British squad at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

King, who is fifth in the GP2 standings, joined Manor as a development driver last year and has tested for the outfit on three occasions, including both in-season tests at Silverstone and Barcelona.

The Brit will evaluate several new components during his run in first practice.

“It’s another big step in the right direction for me, after two really positive tests in the MRT05 which paved the way for this opportunity,” said King.

“It’s a dream come true, but at the same time I have a job to do in the car on Friday and I want to make sure I give the team plenty of quality feedback and data to help with their US GP challenge.

“There’s quite a lot to cram into 90 minutes. I’ll be exploring the balance of the car and correlating that with the team’s simulation work.

“There’ll be some new components to evaluate, along with the tyre specifications for this event.

“I’ll also be learning the circuit and getting up to speed with the car, which has been developed quite a bit since I last drove it at Silverstone. I can’t wait.”

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