King impressed by Manor’s progress with MRT05 car

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Manor Racing development driver Jordan King is impressed by the team’s progress with its MRT05 Formula 1 car after testing at Silverstone on Wednesday.

King, 22, joined Manor in 2015 as development driver before getting his first test run in an F1 car at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi.

The Briton has been Manor’s young driver representative at the two in-season tests in 2016. Teams were required to allocate half of the four days of running to young drivers lacking significant F1 race experience.

King completed 70 laps at Silverstone on Wednesday, and noted the progress that has been made with the car since his last run-out in May.

“It’s clear the team have made progress with the car and I was impressed by the performance, we’re heading in the right direction,” King said.

“As the development driver it is enormously satisfying to drive this car, provide feedback, see your recommendations implemented and the car’s characteristics improve as you foresaw.

“So I think we as a team can be quite happy with where we are and there are exciting times ahead.”

King balances his Manor duties with a full-time drive in the GP2 Series, where he has won two of the last three races to bring himself into the fight for the championship.

“I’m very motivated right now after two really great weekends in Austria and Britain where I won both sprint races,” King said.

“From Sunday I will be in Spain with Racing Engineering to do the prep work and then it’s off to Budapest. We showed good promise at the Hungaroring last year, and it’s a very involving track which I enjoy.

“We’ve shown that we’re at the sharp end at the moment and I want to keep this momentum going into the second half of the season.”