A quick glance at Marco Sorensen's championship finishing positions in his first two FR3.5 seasons (sixth and seventh) doesn't do justice to what he has been capable of at this level so far.
Yes, there have been race wins, all thoroughly deserved. But there has also been misfortune by the bucketload.
Two likely victories (one surely a certainty before a penultimate-lap puncture at Silverstone) were cruelly taken away due to failures outside of his control in his rookie season, where he still comfortably outscored fellow-newcomer Kevin Magnussen to beat him to sixth in the standings.
Last year was supposed to be the time for a title push, but in the end it was the other Dane who vaulted to the front of the field and charged to a championship that earned him a Formula 1 graduation with McLaren.
Instead, Sorensen was plagued by hard-to-trace technical issues that left his car down on power early in the season. Until those problems were resolved, it was only on the streets of Monaco that he could shine and get a podium.
There was one weekend where everything came together, and the team carrying the Lotus name gave him a truly frontrunning car - Austria. He duly won both races from pole position.
FR3.5's last two champions - Robin Frijns and Magnussen - both believe that Sorensen was capable of fighting them for the title over the last two years with a bit more luck.
This year, he gets a chance to prove them right.
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