The Lotus F1 Team has revealed the seven drivers that will make up its junior team which will compete in four different racing series. As it so happens, one of the seven drivers is Filipino-Swiss formula driver Marlon Stockinger, who will be competing for the Lotus World Series Team in the Formula Renault 3.5 racing series. This moves Stockinger a step closer to his dream of becoming the first driver with Filipino blood to compete in the pinnacle of motorsports: Formula 1.
"I feel very proud that I have been picked to join the roster of their Junior program," Stockinger told TopGear.com.ph. "It's a nice feeling to have the same group of people in F1 putting their belief in you and wanting to do everything to help you reach the top."
Joining Stockinger as Lotus's junior drivers are: Marco Sorensen, who will also be driving for the Lotus World Series Team in the Formula Renault 3.5 racing series; Alex Fontana for Jenzer Motorsport in the GP3 series; Oscar Tunjo for Kaufmann; Esteban Ocon for the ART Junior Team, and Alexander Albon in a yet-to-be-identified team in Formula Renault 2.0; and Dorian Boccolacci for Energy Corse in the Go Kart International KF category.
As members of the Lotus F1 Junior Team, all seven drivers will be supported by the team "in all areas of driving skills, physical fitness, health and nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principals, and PR training."
"Lotus F1 Junior Team takes our previous i-Race Professional young driver academy and builds on it to be more closely aligned with the Formula 1 team and all the benefits brought by this association," said Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier. "We have announced seven highly talented drivers, many of whom will be competing against their fellow teammates from the program. We're offering an in-depth and highly beneficial training regime which should encourage these drivers to develop and perform at their very best. Motorsports 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."
Photo from Marlon Stockinger's Facebook page