Manor Racing retain Jordan King as development driver

Jordan King will continue his role of development driver for a second season in 2016 with Manor Racing, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

The Briton will continue to play a supporting role within the 2016 driver line-up alongside his commitments in the GP2 Series with Racing Engineering. After completing the opportunity to drive the MR03B in the Abu Dhabi test, King felt like he achieved a massive head-start and now wishes to race one and hopes that his hard work will help him achieve that.

“Spending time trackside with the team last year was really important for me and for where I want to get to,” said King. “I saw all the processes and techniques that go into running an F1 team, plus I got a good grasp of how the tyres work as well as the data.

“So when I got the chance to drive the MR03B in the Abu Dhabi test, it felt like I’d had a massive head-start and I was really confident. I racked up 300km in that test and loved every second in the car. But what I want to do now is race one and I’m flat out working to achieve that.

“Continuing in the Development Driver role with Manor Racing is key to that progression and I’m excited to be working with Dave Ryan, Pascal [Wehrlein] and Rio [Haryanto] for the first time, as well as the guys I’m more familiar with.”