12 March 2015
Racing Engineering's King enjoys first GP2 pre-season test
Formula 1 team Manor's development driver Jordan King says he is satisfied with the progress made in his first GP2 pre-season test with Racing Engineering
Racing Engineering's Jordan King is thoroughly satisfied with his achievements after his first GP2 pre-season test in Abu Dhabi and is looking to continue the improvements at the second test in Bahrain next month.
King took part in the three-day test at the Yas Marina Circuit and spent it getting to grips with the Drag Reduction System, new in GP2 for 2015. The British driver also worked on race simulations and set-up while posting competitive lap times throughout the test.
The 21-year-old's quickest lap was completed on the morning of the final day, a 1m 49.194s, as he consistently lapped in the middle of the GP2 pack.
The recently announced Formula 1 development driver for the Manor F1 team says he was working some aspects of racing – such as tyre temperatures – for the first time in his career.
"This test was really good and I think we made quite a bit of progress,” King said. “I have definitely learned a massive amount, everything down from tyre temperatures, which I have never had before. We did race runs, slightly shorter runs, qualifying runs, some pit stops and some race starts, so I think we have covered most of the bases, and if we can go to Bahrain starting where we finished here, then I think we will be in really good shape.”
The British driver has spent the past two season racing in European Formula 3, finishing sixth in 2013 and seventh last year. King feels he still has a lot of learning to do in his step up to GP2 but is confident he and Racing Engineering can maintain their positive start ahead of the second test in Bahrain next month.
“Taking everything we learned from the race and qualifying runs, we can already start from a good base,” King explained. “Bahrain being a new circuit for me will definitely throw a spanner in the works, but we have three days to prepare before the race weekend so I think we won't have to focus as much on what we have done here in Abu Dhabi because I need to learn the circuit.
“I worked well with the guys and really enjoyed myself, so I can't really complain too much.”
King was joined by Racing Engineering team-mate Alexander Rossi at the test, giving the team a strong link to Formula 1. Rossi acted as a test and reserve driver for the defunct Caterham team between 2012 and 2014, before switching to Marussia midway through last season. Manor, the team which has risen from the ashes of Marussia, have Rossi's team-mate King as its development driver for the 2015 season.
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