Jordan King stays in GP2 with MP Motorsport move


Jordan King switches from Racing Engineering to MP Motorsport in 2017 - Credit: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service

Jordan King will remain in the GP2 Series for a third consecutive season, and will link up with Sergio Sette Câmara in an all-new line-up for MP Motorsport.

After competing with Racing Engineering in both 2015 and 2016, King moves to Dutch outfit MP after taking two race victories last season, including winning the sprint race at Silverstone, and also participated in two free practice sessions with now defunct Formula 1 outfit Manor Racing MRT.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with MP Motorsport for the 2017 season,” expressed King, who raced for MP Motorsport back in 2012 in Formula Renault 2.0. “I’ve known the team a long time and worked with them straight out of karting, so in a way it’s a bit of a homecoming for me.

“One of the biggest reasons for me to join them was the level of trust that comes with such a longstanding relationship. Working with the team at the test was also a key factor in my decision. There is a great working relationship there with everyone in the team always working hard for you, but with a smile on their faces. I know they will always do the best job they possibly can.

“Coming into my third year I’ve never been in a better place physically and mentally and I’m aiming to improve on my strong season last year.”

MP’s Tony Shaw believes King can provide good speed as they look to build on the team’s best ever season in 2016, where Oliver Rowland took four podium finishes as they broke through the 100-point barrier for the first time.

“Our relationship with Jordan extends back to his original move into single seaters from karting,” said Shaw. “We know his undoubted speed, ability and obvious fitness very well. On the two occasions that he’s tested our GP2 car we have been very taken with the professionalism coupled with excellent pace and calm feedback.

“As a team we are well aware that it’s a not just about one component – it’s about a team operating at its highest level which can only be brought about by belief, trust and communication. In Jordan we have all of those attributes and therefore a golden opportunity.”