Daniel De Jong Remains with MP Motorsport


Daniel de Jong (Credit: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Dutchman Daniel de Jong is to remain with the MP Motorsport team for a second season.  The 21-year-old scored points twice in his debut season, with a best finish of seventh in the Singapore Sprint race.

The Dutchman ran in both GP2 and the Auto GP World Series in 2013 with MP, but will be concentrating on just GP2 for 2014.

“It’s great to be back in GP2 Series again this year and I’m really confident we can have a strong season together”, said de Jong to Crash. “We had some good races last year, as well as some not so good ones, but the main thing was to learn as much as possible about the car, the way the tyres work and also the circuits. This year, we have to aim for points every weekend.”

The team principal of MP Motorsport Sander Dorsman was happy to see de Jong returning to his team for a second year.

“We’re really delighted Daniel will be racing with us in GP2 again this year, he learnt a lot last season and with a little more luck he could have had quite a few points finishes,” said Dorsman.

“Working with an experienced driver like Dani [Clos] during the second part of last year really helped to bring Daniel on, so we’re hopeful of a strong season from him.”

2013 was MP Motorsport’s debut in the GP2 series, and they achieved two podium finishes, one for Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in Monaco and another for Dani Clos in Abu Dhabi.  They will be hoping for more in 2014.

“As a team, we were very happy to take a couple of podiums in our first year in GP2, and the aim has to be to increase that number in 2014,” added Dorsman.  “It’s an incredibly competitive championship, as we always knew it was going to be, but we know we now have the team in place to be strong contenders. We will be in a position to announce Daniel’s team-mate in due course.”