Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Marlon Stockinger is set to race in the 2015 GP2 Series season as Status Grand Prix’s first driver in the series, as the Globe Telecom ambassador rises a notch higher to fulfilling his career aspirations.
The 23-year-old Filipino-Swiss raced for the team in GP3 in 2012 and achieved two podium finishes and a race win at the Monaco GP. He moved on to Formula Renault 3.5 for two seasons and joined the Lotus F1 Junior Team in 2013. He finished 18th overall in the first season and moved to 9th overall in 2014.
Team Principal Teddy Yip Jr says, “We are delighted to welcome Marlon back to the team following a successful GP3 campaign in 2012. Marlon is a hard-working and dedicated driver and we know he will apply a high level of professionalism to his maiden GP2 season.”
Stockinger shares his excitement about returning to Status. “It is really good to come back to Status and I have a lot of happy memories from our time in GP3, especially winning in Monaco. I feel very excited to be back with the team in my first GP2 season. My fans are already so excited about what I am doing this season and guessing which team I am with. It is pretty cool that motorsport is growing more popular in the Philippines and I am really thankful to have so much support.”
One of Stockinger’s staunch supporters in the Philippines is leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, his telecommunication partner in the country. In August last year, Globe ambassador Stockinger starred in Slipstream, a full-day affair which celebrated the telco’s brand new network with a race car driving exhibition, interactive booths, and an outdoor music festival. Stockinger showed off his track skills driving his Lotus-Gravity Charouz Formula Renault 3.5 race car around Bonifacio Global City.
“We are very happy and excited for Marlon as he gets close to his racing dreams. We look forward to more of his achievements as he continues to bring honor and pride to the country,” quips Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.
The 2015 GP2 officially begins on April 17-19 in Bahrain.