British racing rising star Jordan King began karting in 2005, competing in national, European and World Championships. He moved to single-seaters in 2010, rising through the traditional junior ranks and racking up pole positions, race wins and podium finishes. He won the prestigious British Formula 3 title in 2013 with the crack Carlin squad, adding his name to a roster of legendary names from the past. Having achieved seven podium finishes in the European F3 series in 2014, he moved up to acknowledged F1 proving ground GP2 for 2015 – with the frontrunning Racing Engineering team – determined to fulfil his ambition of becoming a grand prix racer. King achieved his first GP2 podium at Spa-Francorchamps. He’s already caught the eye of the Manor Marussia F1 team, which has put its faith in his ability by signing him as a development driver. As well as concentrating on the next stage of his career, King is part of the FIA Institute and MSA Team UK driver-training programmes – two set-ups that actively promote and encourage the talent of tomorrow. He was named winner of the 2015 FIA Institute Driver of The Year within the global motorsport governing body’s Young Driver Excellence Academy.
GP2 & F1
Building on his success in junior single-seaters and his links to coaching and training schemes, 21-year-old Jordan has now entered his toughest challenge yet: GP2. Following successful pre-season test sessions in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain for the Racing Engineering team, he achieved his first GP2 Podium finish at one of the world’s greatest drivers circuits, Spa-Francorchamps.
Jordan’s speed, work ethic and determination have already been rewarded with a Development Driver role with the British Manor F1 team for 2015. This vital introduction to the intricacies of F1 stands Jordan in good stead as he chases his childhood dream of joining the Formula 1 elite.
Jordan was named winner of the 2015 FIA Institute Driver of The Year within the global motorsport governing body’s Young Driver Excellence Academy and took part in his first Formula 1 test for Manor in Abu Dhabi on 1st December 2015. He achieved 59 laps, posting an impressive time of 1:49.661 considering this was his first outing.
Driver Development Programmes
Jordan operates on a ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ mantra. Thus, he is determined to train with the most renowned motorsport training bodies possible. An active member of the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, he also works with the British Racing Drivers’ Club in its SuperStars programme. He is also a Motor Sports Association Team UK protégé and a former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award Finalist.
With a target to race in Formula 1 firmly in his sights, Jordan targeted the British Formula 3 title. The world-renowned series has propelled more drivers to Formula 1 than any other and its previous champions include world champions Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, as well as current F1 race winner Daniel Ricciardo. Jordan added his name to this illustrious list after winning the championship in 2013.
Following his success in karting, Jordan chose the traditional next step: a move onto the single-seater ladder. Joining the competitive Formula Renault UK ranks, he adapted quickly, taking a pole position at Snetterton and a podium finish at Croft. Keen to garner experience at the major European circuits, he also competed in the Formula Renault North European Cup, racking up more poles and podiums.
Starting as all the majority of great drivers do – in a humble kart – Jordan turned his life-long love of motorsport into an array of karting silverware. Highlights of his time in what is widely regarded as racing’s vital apprenticeship include second overall in the Minimax Super One National Kart Championship, winning the British Kartmasters GP and taking the runner-up slot in the WSK Karting Master Series.