|This weekend sees the 2015 GP2 Series reach its half-way point when the fifth race weekend of the year takes place at Silverstone. Racing Engineering, who are currently lying second in the Team Standings, have been very competitive in all the previous rounds and their two drivers Jordan King and Alexander Rossi, who is second in the Drivers’ Standings, will be looking to continue to run at the front of the field and increase their points tally.
Below Jordan King looks forward to his first GP2 race at his home circuit of Silverstone.
First of all, congratulations for your good weekend in Austria! Qualifying, race pace, fighting on track, all went pretty well. How would you review the weekend and your performance?
Austria was a good weekend pace wise, I was slightly disappointed not to come away with more points as my speed really did deserve more but to get fastest lap in the last race was a good box to tick looking ahead to the rest of the season.
Your home races are up next at Silverstone, the home of British Motor Racing. What does it mean to you to race in front of your home crowd and will this give you an extra boost?
I have been to Silverstone for the Formula One weekend for the past 4 or 5 years now so to finally be driving on the weekend is a bit surreal. That said I am really looking forward to driving there as the fans always show some great support and it has a great atmosphere.
Silverstone has some spectacular curve combinations with compression forces of up to 5G. This together with an extremely fast race pace make this circuit one of the most strenuous of the season. Tell us some important facts to keep in mind to get good results at this circuit.
I think the biggest thing for Silverstone, as it always in with GP2, is the tyre management; with the high speed corners and a lot of traction zones it will make for some high tyre wear. Even though qualifying is very important as always I think you will be able to overtake there as we have two DRS zones coupled with some heavy breaking zones.
Seeing how quickly you have adapted to GP2 and the speed you carry in the races, what are your expectations for your home GP?
Everything has been going well and, as you said, my speed is very good, so I feel it is just a matter of time until I get my first podium. I do think that realistically a podium is possible at Silverstone and I feel we can start to challenge for wins and podiums consistently.