Lotus signs Sorensen, Stockinger for 2013 FR3.5 season
|By Glenn Freeman||Friday, February 15th 2013, 16:29 GMT|
Lotus Formula 1 junior drivers Marco Sorensen and Marlon Stockinger will race for the team's Formula Renault 3.5 outfit in 2013.
Sorensen, who raced for the Lotus-affiliated Charouz-run team last year, is a new addition to the junior programme, which is headed up by Lotus F1 team boss Eric Boullier.
The Dane was a frontrunner in his rookie season of FR3.5, and he believes that only bad luck prevented him from being a championship contender.
"It's great to be here and I think this association with Lotus can only be good for my career," said Sorensen.
"I had some bad luck while leading in races last year which meant P5 in the championship when it could have been more.
"At the end, it all comes down to results. If you don't perform you won't progress.
"So I'm hoping for a bit more good fortune this year and looking forward to taking on a new challenge with the Lotus F1 junior team."
Stockinger, who finished 10th in his second season of GP3 last year with one victory, is also new addition to the Lotus junior line-up.
"It's a great feeling to be associated with such a prestigious team," he said. "I really want to make the most of it and I am looking forward to wearing the team colours with pride.
"Of course, 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."
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 line-up so far: Tech 1 Racing Nigel Melker Mikhail Aleshin Arden Caterham Pietro Fantin Antonio Felix da Costa Fortec Motorsports Oliver Webb Stoffel Vandoorne ISR Sergey Sirotkin TBA Lotus Marco Sorensen Marlon Stockinger Carlin Jazeman Jaafar Carlos Huertas Comtec Racing TBA TBA International Draco Racing Nico Muller Andre Negrao DAMS Kevin Magnussen Norman Nato P1 Motorsport Will Stevens Matias Laine Pons Racing Zoel Amberg Nikolay Martsenko AV Formula Arthur Pic Yann Cunha Zeta Corse TBA TBA