Jordan King Was In Frame For 2017 Manor Drive
Britain’s’ Jordan King was all-set to become the latest Brit on the F1 grid this year if Manor had not folded. King was Manor’s development driver last year and had two practice outings at the United States GP and Abu Dhabi as well as taking part in several tests.
King will return to GP2 for 2017, his third year in the series but switching from Racing Engineering to MP Motorsport.
In an interview with GPupdate he says that GP2 was not his first choice and it was all a bit of a reset after finding out about the Manor administration.
“[Manor] was definitely a goal; unfortunately it didn’t happen, It kind of threw a spanner in the works, and we had to re-assess what I was doing this year. That’s probably why my announcement was very late compared to others. Others have announced in the last couple of weeks, but we know they’ve been done for a long period of time. For me, [another season in GP2] wasn’t the first choice, as Formula 1 was, but it was kind of [about hitting the] reset button after they announced the company had gone into administration.”
Manor is the third of the three teams that joined F1 in 2010 to disappear from the grid, it is now too late for any rescue to realistically take place sadly meaning two fewer seats for young hopefuls to show their talent on the big stage.