Leading FIA European Formula 3 driver Jordan King is considering his future after lining up a testing programme with Arden Motorsport that he hopes will take him to the GP2 Series or the Formula 3.5 Championship.

Currently seventh in the European F3 standings having already secured five podium finishes with Carlin Motorsport, King is now looking towards 2015 after being tapped by Arden for a test in both its GP2 car and its FR3.5 machine.

Set to drive the FR3.5 car first during the annual post-season tests in Jerez, 2013 British F3 champion King will then get his shot at the GP2 car at Abu Dhabi in November.

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Though he admits the tests aren't a precursor to a race deal with the British-based team, he is hoping his performances will at least catch the eye, preferably at GP2 level.

"Arden is a professional outfit that has achieved a lot of success in both GP2 and World Series, which offers us a good benchmark from which to judge the two championships.

"When I tested last year, it's fair to say that both cars were a sizeable step-up in terms of power, downforce and braking capability, but neither was a shock. Both produce more than 500bhp, feature carbon brakes and extremely high levels of downforce and will run DRS in 2015, so they represent the logical next step on the ladder towards F1, which is my ultimate goal.

"They have advantages in different areas, but their level of performance is actually very similar to one another - it's just delivered in a different manner due to their individual characteristics. I would say my current preference is towards GP2; I really clicked with that last year and enjoyed driving it the most, plus one of its major trump cards is that it races on the support package to F1, so it's a direct shop window.

"There isn't really a wrong choice to be made between the two series; in the end, it will come down to which one I feel is right for me personally and that's what I hope these tests will help to resolve. Whichever way I decide, there will inevitably be a lot to learn and take on-board and it will undoubtedly be a big step - but it's a step that I'm ready to take."