The 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship grid has been finalised after MP Motorsport confirmed that former race-winner Jordan King will join its line-up alongside rookie Mahaveer Raghunathan.

King will make a return to the Dutch team and the Formula 1 feeder series after a one-year absence racing in the IndyCar Series with Ed Carpenter Racing. The Englishman made his open-wheel racing debut with MP Motorsport in 2012 in Formula Renault and raced again for the outfit in the final year of his F2 stint in 2017.

King returned to the MP Motorsport to aid its pre-season programme, driving in all six days at the Circuit de Jerez and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

He was later offered the chance to return to Formula 2 alongside his contracted commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which he competes with the Jota-run Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 team.

King will miss the Monaco Grand Prix round, and will instead contest the Indianapolis 500 driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

“It is great to be working with and supporting the team at MP Motorsport again,” said King of his appointment.

“I only have good memories of working with everyone at MP and I’m delighted the team have put their trust in me to help them progress as much as possible – and I’m sure we’ll reach our full potential together.

“My full focus has been on my debuts in WEC and the Indy 500 but I’m proud to be coming back into the MP and F2 families.

“The Formula 2 turbo car was new to me, as I only have experience with the old GP2 car, so I used the six days well to familiarise myself with the new machine. It’s a great car and I’m certain we can do well.”

King will have a rookie teammate in the form of Indian driver Mahaveer Raghunathan (pictured). The 20-year-old will graduate to the Formula 2 Championship via the less conventional path of the Auto GP and BOSS GP Series championships, winning the 2017 Drivers’ Championship in the latter racing a 2005-era ex-A1 Grand Prix Lola B05/52.

The Chennai-born driver’s racing CV suggests he could be well out of his depth in his rookie Formula 2 campaign. He will race under a Dutch license this year, rather than the Indian national flag.

2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Provisional Entry List
Team Drivers
Carlin Motorsport uk Nobuharu Matsushita Louis Delétraz
ART Grand Prix fr Nikita Mazepin Nyck de Vries
DAMS fr Sérgio Sette Câmara Nicholas Latifi
UNI Virtuosi Racing uk UNI-Virtuosi Racing Guan Yu Zhou Luca Ghiotto
Prema Racing it Mick Schumacher de Sean Gelael
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz cz Calum Ilott Juan Manuel Correa
Campos Racing es Jack Aitken Dorian Boccolacci
MP Motorsport Jordan King Mahaveer Raghunathan
BWT Arden uk Anthoine Hubert Tatiana Calderón
Trident Racing it Giuliano Alesi Ralph Boschung

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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