King reflects on missed Monaco podium opportunity

Jordan King - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jordan King saw an almost certain podium finish disappear after hitting the barriers during Friday’s Feature race at Monaco, with the Racing Engineering driver running second at the time behind team-mate Norman Nato.

The British driver had driven strongly up until that point, staying in contact with the in-form Nato, but broke his car against the unforgiving Monaco barriers, ending his race.

“My start was really good again which is another positive, three good starts in a row,” said King. “I had a good race until the end, the pace seemed quite good, I was struggling with a bit of understeer.

“I managed to pick up second place when [Sergey] Sirotkin retired and everything was looking OK for a good result.

“I was just trying to push a little when I clipped the inside barrier and it bent the steering and I couldn’t finish the race.”

Starting towards the back of the field for the Sprint race, King knew it was going to be a difficult afternoon, and after losing a spot at the start after finding himself blocked in, he was then penalised for pushing Philo Paz Armand into the barriers at the hairpin whilst attempting a pass on the Indonesian racer.

“My start wasn’t amazing but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy into the first turn and I got stuck on the inside and lost a place,” said King.

“After that I was just trying to make progress but you can’t go quickly where you want to and your pace is dictated by the car in front so you end up using more tyre than you want to in order to achieve a lap time.

“That said it was good fun, a couple of incidents happened that were a bit unfair but that’s racing I suppose.”