Lotus F1 Junior Team drivers announced
16 February 2013 – The Lotus F1 Team has revealed the seven members of its new junior programme, which features drivers from the world of karting to Formula Renault 3.5. The initiative will provide a range of benefits for the hand-picked competitors involved, including dedicated driver fitness regimes, health and nutrition advice 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," Team Principal Eric Boullier explained of his outfit's new junior setup. "We have announced seven highly talented drivers, many of whom will be competing against their fellow team-mates from the programme.
"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 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."
The 2013 Lotus F1 Junior Team:
Marco Sørensen, 22, Denmark, Formula Renault 3.5 with Lotus
Marlon Stockinger, 21, Philippines, Formula Renault 3.5 with Lotus
Alex Fontana, 20, Switzerland, GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport
Oscar Tunjo,17, Colombia, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Kaufmann Racing
Esteban Ocon, 16, France, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with ART Junior Team
Alexander Albon, 16, Thailand, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (team TBC)
Dorian Boccolacci, 14, France, Go Kart International KF category with Energy Corse