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de Jong joins Rowland at MP Motorsport

Daniel de Jong will get another shot at the GP2 Series in 2016 after re-signing with MP Motorsport for a fourth straight season.
Daniel de Jong will remain in the GP2 Series for another season in 2016 after agreeing to stay with the MP Motorsport team alongside Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland.

The Dutchman stepped up to GP2 full-time in 2012 with a part-season campaign with Rapax, but has since then struggled to mount a significant challenge on the front runners, ending up 24th, 28th and 23rd in the three full seasons he has competed in.

However, his season was interrupted in 2015 by a back injury at Spa-Francorchamps just at a time he was considered to be finding his stride in the series.

As a result, though he did look at WEC and an LMP2 move for 2016, de Jong will embark on a another season in GP2, once more with the MP Motorsport team he has raced with since 2013.

“Last year, we began looking at what the future holds for us”, De Jong said. “We looked into LMP2 pretty seriously, and I did a test that really pleased me. But then I saw the WEC prototypes and GP2 race on the same weekend in Bahrain, and I thought: GP2 is such an amazing category, with cars battling throughout the entire field.

“That's why I decided to stay in this hugely competitive championship for one more year before a possible switch to prototype racing.”

“With Oliver as a team mate, we have a fantastic year ahead of us. He is so good and extremely motivated, and we've known each other for a long time. Everyone in the team is buzzing with enthusiasm and that feels really great.”



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2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 25 July 2015. Daniel de Jong (NED, MP Motorsport) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
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2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. The red flag caused by the crash involving Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International), Nicolas Latifi (CAN, MP Motorsport), Daniel de Jong (NLD, Trident), Sean Gelael (INA, Carlin). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 7. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.. Saturday 10 October 2015. Top three qualifiers, Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Alex Fontana (SUI, Status Grand Prix) leads Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport), Alex Palou (ESP, Campos Racing), Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP), Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Thursday 20 August 2015. Daniel de Jong (NED, MP Motorsport). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport), and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Seb Morris (GBR, Status Grand Prix) &Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
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