The Manor F1 Team will field development driver Jordan King and GP2 Series race-winner Rio Haryanto at next week’s Pirelli tyre test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit.
The test, which will take place away from the spotlight of any media, will see King – the son of the team’s interim chairman, Justin King – sample Formula 1 machinery for the first time.
For Haryanto, this will be his third outing for the team, with whom he drove at previous Young Drivers’ tests in 2010 and 2012 when it was run under its then-Marussia guise.
Haryanto, Indonesia’s highest-profile racing driver, currently drives for the Campos Racing team and sits fourth in this year’s GP2 Series championship standings with Sprint race victories at Bahrain, Austria and Great Britain to his credit.
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the team at the Abu Dhabi test,” Haryanto said.
“In many ways it is essentially the same team, although the car is quite different. I feel much better prepared for this test, and after a very competitive season in GP2, I can’t wait to show how much I have developed to become a more complete driver.”
King, making his debut in the GP2 Series, races for the Racing Engineering squad as teammate to part-time Manor F1 driver Alexander Rossi. The British driver has largely been shaded by his more experienced American teammate and sits twelfth in the standings with a best finish of second in the Sprint Race at Belgium.
King has spent time in the Manor team’s garages during the United States and Mexican Grands Prix to gain further experience ahead of his first on-track outing in a Formula 1 car.
“The development driver role has been a fantastic opportunity and I have enjoyed and benefited from every minute spent with the team,” he said.
“The European rounds of GP2 mirrored the F1 races, so it was very easy to combine my racing commitments with spending time shadowing the Manor drivers and engineers.
“Naturally, what I’ve been looking forward to most is the chance to drive the MR03B, and I can’t wait to bring everything I’ve learned together in Abu Dhabi next week.”
Both drivers will have half a day’s running in the team’s MR03B racer, with the test taking place from 09:00-21:00 on December 1.
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