Jordan King: “The car has come a long way”

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Jordan King completed the final day of in-season testing at Silverstone for Manor Racing, with the development driver took over the driving duties from Rio Haryanto on Wednesday.

Completing a total of 70 laps for the Banbury-based outfit, King finished the session in tenth behind the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Sergio Sette Camara, with a best time of 1:35.060.

After completing the session, King feels the day went relatively smooth and was able to achieve the objectives set out by Manor.

“It’s been a really good day,” said King. “A relatively smooth one, so we’ve had plenty of track time to achieve our objectives.

“Our morning session was slow-going, because we were working through some very specific aerodynamic tests with rakes on the car, so they were just out-and-in single lap runs, with modifications between each run and quite a bit of time in the garage.

“It’s painstaking stuff, but then I’m a Development Driver and that’s what I’m here for. This afternoon we were able to get into more substantial runs while we evaluated some new mechanical developments.”

Since King’s last outing in the MRT05 in Barcelona, he believes the car has come a long way.

“We have all the information to take a good read on relative performance and I’m pretty pleased with how we’ve ended up. A good team effort I think and I look forward to seeing some of the hard work paying off in the races ahead.

“The car has come a long way since the last time I tested at Barcelona in May and I’m grateful for another opportunity to drive it.”