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de Jong returns with MP Motorsport for GP2 2014

Daniel de Jong and MP Motorsport combine for a second season in F1's primary feeder series.

Daniel de Jong will return for a second season in the GP2 Series after inking a fresh deal with MP Motorsport.

Continuing the partnership which delivered two points-scoring results in 2013, the 21-year old Dutch driver will be aiming to become a consistent top ten finisher in his sophomore season while, with a full year of experience under its belt, Dutch squad MP will be similarly focused on challenging for regular podiums having secured a brace of runner-up results in its maiden season.

While de Jong padded his account with points finishes in Monaco and Singapore, MP grabbed silverware with British driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs taking a podium on the streets of Monte Carlo and Dani Clos doing likewise at the final round of the year in Abu Dhabi.

“We're really delighted Daniel will be racing with us in GP2 again this year, he learnt a lot last season and with a little more luck he could have had quite a few points finishes”, team principal Sander Dorsman commented, “Working with an experienced driver like Dani during the second part of last year really helped to bring Daniel on, so we're hopeful of a strong season from him.

“As a team, we were very happy to take a couple of podiums in our first year in GP2, and the aim has to be to increase that number in 2014. It's an incredibly competitive championship, as we always knew it was going to be, but we know we now have the team in place to be strong contenders. We will be in a position to announce Daniel's team-mate in due course.”

de Jong has risen through MP's ranks in recent years, having begun his single-seater career in the 2008 Formula Renault Northern European Cup. He remained in the two-litre class, combining NEC and Eurocup campaigns, over the next two seasons, before securing a full-time GP2 seat with MP last year.

“It's great to be back in GP2 Series again this year and I'm really confident we can have a strong season together”, he said, “We had some good races last year, as well as some not so good ones, but the main thing was to learn as much as possible about the car, the way the tyres work and also the circuits. This year, we have to aim for points every weekend.”

de Jong's campaign gets underway at Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain over the weekend 5-6 April, following pre-season preparations in Abu Dhabi from mid-March.



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Daniel de Jong (NED, MP Motorsport) on the first day of 2013 GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain. Tuesday 26th February 2013. (Photo copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniël de Jong on track at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. (Picture Credit: MP Motorsport)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during the first day of GP3 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during the first day of GP3 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during practice at Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 6th September. Friday 5 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jon Lancaster (GBR) Hilmer Motorsport
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