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.”