GP2: Marlon Stockinger confirmed at Status Grand Prix

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Status Grand Prix has today confirmed that Marlon Stockinger will race for the team in the 2015 GP2 Series season.

Stockinger, 23, previously raced for Status in GP3 back in 2012, claiming a sprint race win at Monaco that year. He most recently took part in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, and is a member of Lotus F1 Team’s junior programme.

The Filipino-Swiss racer will now make the move across to GP2 for the 2015 season, with Status today announcing him as the first of its drivers for the year ahead.

“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,” Stockinged said. “The team are based at Silverstone which is where my European racing career kicked off and it feels very nostalgic and positive. 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.”

Team boss Teddy Yip was pleased to welcome Stockinger back to the team for the new season as Status Grand Prix prepares for its GP2 debut after taking over Caterham Racing’s entry.

“We are delighted to welcome Marlon back to the team following a successful GP3 campaign in 2012,” Yip said. “Marlon is a hard-working and dedicated driver and we know he will apply a high level of professionalism to his maiden GP2 season.

“This season will be Status’ first year in GP2 however we have an experienced team of personnel to give Marlon all the tools he needs to succeed in this highly competitive F1 feeder series. We are extremely excited to see him progress.”

GP2 pre-season testing kicks off this weekend in Abu Dhabi, with the first round of the season coming in support of April’s Bahrain Grand Prix.