Jordan King: “It was a really positive result”

Jordan King - Credit: Jordan King

Jordan King was in a positive frame of mind after securing his best Feature race finish of his GP2 Series career with second place at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

The Racing Engineering driver was in contention for the victory but was forced to settle for second behind Pierre Gasly despite being in front of the Prema Racing driver after both drivers had taken their mandatory pit stops.

“It was a really positive result, and great for my championship momentum,” said King. “It was the first time this year that the team and I got everything right.

“I made a great start, moving up to P4 early on and challenging for P3. We made the call to pit early as I started on the Option tyres. It was a perfect stop and switch to the Prime tyres and I got my head down.

“In fact my outlap and first timed lap were really quick; so much so that I jumped race leader Gasly.”

King looked to have secured more points with a seventh place finish in the Sprint race, but unfortunately for the Briton, he was one of seven drivers handed a ten-second penalty for illegally using his Drag Reduction System on the opening lap, dropping him to twelfth.

“It was a system error,” says King. “Seven drivers got a green light on the dash so went for it – just like racing drivers are supposed to. It’s one of those things. I wasn’t alone and am not taking it personally.

“In hindsight I shouldn’t have believed the light, but hindsight’s a wonderful thing!”