Manor Racing confirmed this morning Jordan King will be driving the car during free practice on Friday, the first time the British driver has taken part in a Formula One session.
King is currently the reserve driver for Manor, as well as driving for Racing Engineering in the GP2 championship which he has had moderate success. An association with the Manor team was brought about by the involvement of his father in the rebirth of the team last year, the former Sainsbury’s chairman Justin King.
With seats becoming available further up the field for either or both of Manor’s current drivers, it is likely the team will be looking for at least one new driver for next season.
Ahead of the weekend, King said, “First of all, I’d like to thank the team for making this possible. 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. 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 USGP 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!”