Lotus reserve Sorensen joins MP Motorsport

Marco Sorensen

Marco Sorensen

Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Marco Sorensen joins MP Motorsport starting from this weekend at Silverstone. This will be the first time that the 23 year-old Danish will be at the wheel of a GP2 car.

With support from key commercial partner Saxo Bank, Sorensen makes his debut in GP2 Series after an impressive career in single-seaters where, in recent years, he has competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series as a Lotus F1 Team ‘junior driver’.

“We’re absolutely delighted to announce Marco is joining MP Motorsport, he’s a fantastic young driver and his position as official reserve driver for the Lotus F1 Team speaks for itself”, commented team principal Sander Dorsman, “Although he is new to GP2, he brings good experience from Formula Renault 3.5 so we’re sure he will quickly adapt to the GP2 car and be a force to be reckoned with.”

Beginning his car racing career in Formula Ford in 2006 in his native Denmark, Sorensen went on to race in the formula’s Swedish and New Zealand-based categories before making the step-up into ‘slicks and wings’ competition in Formula Renault.

Finishing third overall in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2009, Sorensen’s first association with the world of F1 quickly followed when, aged just 18-years-old, he was invited onto the Renault Driver Development Programme with the then Renault F1 Team.

Graduating into the world of Formula 3, the Dane became Vice-Champion of the German F3 Championship in 2011 before spending two seasons in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he claimed three race victories and a total of six podiums for the Lotus team.

Speaking ahead of his Silverstone debut in GP2, Sorensen said: “This is a really good opportunity for me, I’m actually looking forward to a new challenge. It’s great that Gravity Sports Management, Lotus F1 Team and MP Motorsport gave me this opportunity to race in GP2 Series.

“My plan 100% is to get up to speed quickly and get the best results I can for MP Motorsport, but the practice is only 45 minutes and then we have qualifying on the same day. For sure it will be difficult, but there isn’t a lot of pressure so I’m going to enjoy it – that’s when I drive my best.” (MP Motorsport)