Only keys are the one you have mentioned.
the ways to control excorts at the moment are:
Turn its firing on and off.
Selecting an engine that makes the base speed of the rental, = or less than the base speed of your current ship.
Sinking or damaging it to limit its speed or completely "turn it off" (There is no EXP penalty for damaging or sinking your own Excort, only if you damage or sink someone elses is there an EXP penalty.