King 'happy' with Manor Formula 1 displays

King 'happy' with Manor Formula 1 displays

6 December 2016 – Jordan King says he "feels happy" with the performances he delivered during his pair of Formula 1 practice outings with Manor in the closing stages of the 2016 season.

King, who acts as a development driver for the team, got to grips with the Mercedes-powered MRT05 at the in-season tests at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Silverstone.

He made his practice debut at the United States Grand Prix, classifying 20th, and received a second run at the season finale in Abu Dhabi (21st), alongside GP2 commitments.

"We ran a slightly different programme to Austin; they were trying some new things on the car and different set-ups, which all seemed quite positive," King told GPUpdate.net.

"[Manor Racing Director] Dave Ryan came up to me afterwards and said 'Good job' again. I apologised for my little spin! He said it wasn't a problem. So all in all, a solid result.

"I feel happy with what I've done and with what I've shown."

King admitted it was a challenge to move between F1 and GP2 machinery.

"It's a strange transition," the 22-year-old went on to comment.

"It's not so difficult coming into the Formula 1 car, but a bit harder coming back to the GP2 car.

"[In Abu Dhabi] it was straight into qualifying with new tyres, one lap, job done – you only had two push laps.

"Something simple, like it goes from eight gears [in the Formula 1 car] to six gears [in the GP2 car]. You've got to re-adjust, and when [GP2] qualifying is so close, it does hurt a little bit."

Manor is the only team yet to confirm either of its drivers for the 2017 season, with Esteban Ocon recently signing for Force India, and Pascal Wehrlein's future remaining unclear.

Asked about his Formula 1 prospects with Manor moving forward, King said: "My position this year has always been to focus on GP2, to do the best job that I can and then hope for a spot.

"I'm not the one making the decision for the Formula 1 seat. If it was me, I'd be in it next year!

"You've got to rely on other people. There are a lot of other factors involved, rather than just you being good enough. If that was the case, probably another 50 drivers would be in Formula 1."

King took seventh overall in GP2, with two wins and three further podiums.

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