This weekend marks not only the 4th US Grand Prix to be held at the Circuit of the Americas, but also the debut of Jordan King. King is a current GP2 driver, from Britain, and has done development driving (testing) for Manor Racing Team in the past. This weekend will be the first time that he has ever taken part in an actual race though, with him doing some testing in the FP1 section of this weekend’s USGP.
King began his single seater racing career in 2011 and went on to win the 2013 Formula 3 championship, but it was only last year that he joined Manor. King, who described his debut as ‘a dream come true’, is currently 5th in the GP2 driver’s standings, with two GP2 race wins to his name so far.
King is hoping to be able to provide some useful feedback to the team tomorrow, and, if he sets a good impression, he may replace one of the current Manor drivers (Wehrlein and Ocon) next year, especially with the rumours circulating about a potential seat at Renault for Ocon. Whatever the case it will be good to see a new driver making his debut in F1.