I have caught up with Formula Two’s (formerly known as GP2) British star, Jordan King to discuss his impressive career so far.
- Who or what inspired you to become a motorsport driver?
King: There was nothing in particular. I very much fell into the sport not really out of desire from a young age. I went to a local outdoor karting place for my 11th birthday and as they say, the rest is history.
2. What was the most exciting thing about completing in Formula Renault UK before moving up to British F3?
King: We were on the same weekend as BTCC (British Touring Car Championship). I remember driving out of the pits at Brands Hatch and seeing the side of the hill, full of people.
That was quite cool because it was my first experience of a large audience.
3. How special was it winning the 2013 British F3 championship and joining an elusive list of past winners, that includes Ayrton Senna and Daniel Ricciardo?
King: When I set out on this journey as an 11/12 year old, I never thought I would even be racing in British F3 let alone actually being good enough to win the British championship.
It was an incredibly special moment for everyone involved.
4. How challenging was it racing in the European F3 alongside the British counterpart, before moving up to the former in 2014?
King: Doing a duel campaign was actually beneficial as it meant that I got extra track time and learning quite a few people also did the same.
Only doing European F3 in 2014 just meant that I had more time and energy to focus on one championship.
5. Your first GP2 season in 2015 with Racing Engineering was a massive learning curve. How delighted were you to get your first GP2 podium at the Belgian GP that year?
King: To be honest, I was actually disappointed that it came so late on in the season. I finished 4th at the first race and then had great pace all year so overall, I was annoyed not to get more or even win races.
6. Last year saw you make massive improvements with a dramatic wet sprint victory in Austria before winning a mixed weather Silverstone sprint race, just one week later amongst many highlights. Which moment stood out as your most memorable of the 2016 season?
King: By far, the Silverstone win. A home GP victory in front of 36 of my backers and their guests alongside my whole family. It was something very special and really did show how far we had all come.
7. Finally, what are your hopes and expectations for this season with MP Motorsport, after a strong debut weekend for the team in Bahrain?
King: After the first race weekend, we showed that we had great pace and took home two great results.
I fully expect to be challenging for wins and fighting at the front for the title.