Manor racing director Dave Ryan says running development driver Jordan King in FP1 at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix will give the team “further opportunity to appraise his performance”.
The Briton will make his Formula One race weekend debut this Friday, driving the MRT05 in the opening 90 minutes of practice at the Circuit of the Americas.
Although King has already tested several times with Manor, the Banbury-based outfit will now be able to evaluate how the GP2 Series frontrunner fares on a bigger stage.
“It will be good to give Jordan his first FP1 session,” Ryan said. “He’s done a really great job in his Development Driver role and this opportunity was a planned part of his programme with us.
“We look forward to getting his feedback and this further opportunity to appraise his performance in the MRT05.”
Manor has yet to announce his 2017 line-up and with current drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon both linked to a move elsewhere next year, either to Force India or Renault, there might one or two seats opening at the British team.