Fil-Swiss racer joins Lotus F1 junior team

By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Feb 19 2013 10:35 AM | Updated as of Feb 19 2013 09:13 PM

Marlon Stockinger with Lotus F1 Team Principal Eric Boullier

LONDON - Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger has joined the Lotus F1 junior team, putting the young driver a step closer to the highly-coveted world of Formula 1.

Lotus F1 announced the newly formed junior team on February 15, which includes seven promising drivers across a variety of motorsport championships in the World Series by Renault, including Formula Renault 3.5 and Formula Renault 2.0.

The young team, aged 14 to 22, includes Stockinger (Philippines), Marco Sorensen (Denmark), Alex Fontana (Switzerland), Oscar Tunjo (Colombia), Esteban Ocon (France), Alexander Albon (Thailand), and Dorian Boccolacci (France).

Stockinger will be part of the 2013 Lotus World Series Team for Formula Renault 3.5.

In an official statement, he said: “It’s a great feeling to be associated with such a prestigious team. If you look back through the years as Benetton and Renault, you can see that this team knows how to win championships, so to be surrounded by that heritage is a big honor for me. I really want to make the most of it and am looking forward to wearing the team colors with pride.”

The 21-year-old driver, who won a GP3 race at the world-famous Monaco circuit in May 2012, vows to take this opportunity to learn and develop into the new racing season.

“Every driver wants to win, but I understand it’s a big step moving into a new category so learning is the most important thing. Starting with testing, I need to take in as much as I can and from there it’s all about consistency and building a strong platform to progress through the ranks. I’m aiming to make a good start and develop as much as I can as the championship progresses,” he explained.

Each member of the Lotus F1 junior team will be supported by a skilled professional team from Formula 1, covering all areas of their career including driving skills, physical fitness, health and nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principles, and PR training.

“We’re offering an in-depth and highly beneficial training regime which should encourage these drivers to develop and perform at their very best. Motorsport can be very daunting for young drivers, particularly everything that occurs away from the track, so we hope to give our drivers the very best preparation possible for their future careers,” said Eric Boullier, Team Principal at Lotus F1 Team.

2013 World Series by Renault starts on April 6 at the historic Monza circuit in Italy.