King gets second Manor F1 practice outing in Abu Dhabi

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Manor Racing has confirmed that Jordan King will take part in a Formula 1 practice session for the second time when he gets behind the wheel of the MRT05 car for FP1 in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

King, 22, joined Manor in a development role in 2015 before getting his first run-out on a grand prix weekend in Austin, Texas last month.

The GP2 driver has now been slated to take part in opening practice at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next Friday, stepping in for Esteban Ocon.

“We’re also pleased to welcome Jordan back to the cockpit for his second planned FP1 session,” Manor racing director Dave Ryan confirmed.

“He’ll be taking over Esteban’s car on Friday morning and we have a busy programme of testing items lined up for him again.”

Manor heads into the final race of the season aiming to claw back 10th place in the constructors’ championship from Sauber, having dropped to the foot of the table last time out in Brazil.

“Clearly we were all very disappointed with the outcome on Sunday evening in Brazil,” Ryan said.

“But, you know what? When you look at it in the cold light of day, I’m really proud of the guys.

“I thought the team did a fantastic job in the race; we were genuinely running with both cars in the top 10 early on, we had everything covered on the pit wall during all the chaos and the guys did a textbook job of dealing with the red flags.

“It’s just that, come the final restart, we weren’t quite quick enough and probably needed another two or three laps to pull it off. That’s racing and we’ll have a good go at reversing things in Abu Dhabi.”