Manor Racing is to retain Jordan King in the role of Development Driver for a second season. Jordan, 22, will continue to race in GP2 Series with Racing Engineering.
“Spending time trackside with the team last year was really important for me and for where I want to get to,” said King. “I saw all the processes and techniques that go into running an F1 team, plus I got a good grasp of how the tyres work as well as the data. So when I got the chance to drive the MR03B in the Abu Dhabi test, it felt like I’d had a massive head-start and I was really confident. I racked up 300km in that test and loved every second in the car. But what I want to do now is race one and I’m flat out working to achieve that.”
Manor has not yet named a test and reserve driver and it seems that the plan is to do some kind of a deal with Alex Rossi, for races that do not clash with his commitments in IndyCar. Rossi would be able to attend the Australian, Russian, European, Austrian, Hungarian, Malaysian, US, Mexican, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix and perhaps take part in Friday sessions in these 10 events. They are back-loaded in the F1 calendar so that Rossi’s name would be around at the end of the year when there are discussions about 2017 drivers.