King ready to do battle in The Land of Fire
Date: 24 / 04 / 2019
Jordan King will continue his 2019 FIA Formula Two campaign this weekend as the 25-year old Brit heads to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the second round of the season on the back of a point-scoring opening race weekend in Bahrain.
Racing with MP Motorsport for the 2019 season, Jordan will arrive in Baku this week ready to make his third appearance at the high-speed Azerbaijani street circuit having scored two top-six finishes in the four races he has contested at the 3.73-mile circuit – the second-longest circuit on the Formula Two calendar.
Having put on an overtaking exhibition in Bahrain at the opening round of the season, Jordan scored himself and MP Motorsport their first point of the 2019 season and after a four-week break, Jordan is ready to get back in the car for round two.
“After a few of weeks off, I am really excited to get back in action this week. Baku is a fun circuit and I’ve picked up a couple of good results there in the past, including 6th with the MP in 2017, and there’s no reason we can’t be in the fight for points this week.”
One of the most unique tracks on the calendar, a mixture of wide and open and tight and twisty corners feature a narrow uphill traversal past the Maiden Tower that then circles the Old City before opening up onto a 1.4-mile stretch back to the finishing line. Like Monaco, the walls are close and the margin for error is small, and choosing between downforce or less-drag puts even more of an emphasis on finding the correct setup.
“One of the key features of Baku is its speed, you’re pushing these cars right to the limit and the slipstream effect is massive here! Overtaking is going to be a lot of fun but it’s easy to get caught out going into turn one, we see it every year.”
“You need to make the right call on the setup as you don’t want to carry too much drag on the straight but you also don’t want something unstable in the corners. Hopefully, we can nail the setup, pull off some good moves, and get ourselves in the points in both of the races.”
Track action in Baku gets underway on Friday with the weekend’s free practice and qualifying taking place at 08:00 (BST) and 12:00 respectively. The round’s Feature Race then takes place on Saturday at 09:00, with Sunday’s Sprint Race getting underway at 10:10.