Jordan King has been confirmed with the Racing Engineering team for his rookie year in GP2 this season.
The 20-year-old Briton made his full-time single-seater debut in Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 2011 finishing tenth, followed by a runner-up position in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC the subsequent season.
In 2012, King switched to F3 and had a great rookie season, becoming the best F3 rookie in the FIA European series and winning the British crown.
Staying in the category for another year, King ended up seventh in his sophomore season in FIA F3 with seven podiums.
At the end of 2014, King tested in GP2 with both Arden and MP Motorsport in a promising fashion, ending all three days in the top six, leading to him having discussions with several teams before signing with former champions Racing Engineering.
“We talked to a few different teams, and it was a tough decision to make,? said King. ?There were a lot of factors to take into consideration and I did a lot of research and thinking before reaching a conclusion.
?As a rookie entering a new championship, it?s very important to go with an established and experienced team ? and Racing Engineering ticks all the boxes. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise and all the necessary resources at their disposal, and they understand how to get the best out of young drivers ? which is just what I need at such a crucial stage of my career.
?They clearly have exceptional credentials and a winning pedigree. It?s an ultra-professional team whose sole focus is on GP2, whereas a lot of other teams compete in several different championships ? and in my view, this single-minded approach can only be beneficial.
?Of course, the standard in GP2 is so high that all the teams on the grid do a fantastic job, but Racing Engineering has been a consistently strong force every year and I?m confident they will give me a good car weekend-in, weekend-out.
?GP2 definitely feels like the natural next step in my career. I came out of the test in Abu Dhabi with my head held high; the car really seemed to suit me and I clicked with it pretty much straight away.”
Team boss Alfonso de Orleans Borbon commented: ?We are delighted that Jordan will be joining us in 2015. We have been following his career path for some time now, and what really convinced us was his professional approach to racing, both on and off the track. I have rarely seen a driver so determined and hard-working to make his dream to get to F1 come true.
?2015 will be Jordan?s rookie season in GP2, and though there are many things to learn before the first race in Bahrain, we have high hopes he will advance rapidly. We are sure it will be a pleasure to work with such a professional, mature and dedicated driver.?
2015 GP2 Series line-up so far
|DAMS||Pierre Gasly||Alex Lynn|
|Carlin||Julian Leal||Marco Sorensen|
|ART Grand Prix||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|Racing Engineering||Jordan King|
|Campos Racing||Arthur Pic|
|Arden International||Norman Nato|
|Status Grand Prix|