Stockinger swaps FR3.5 for GP2 with Status Grand Prix move

Marlon Stockinger has switched from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to race for Status Grand Prix in the GP2 Series.

The twenty-three-year-old Philippines driver spent two years in Formula Renault having previously raced for Status in the GP3 Series back in 2012, winning a race in Monaco. He tested GP2 machinery for MP Motorsport in the post-Abu Dhabi test in 2014.

“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,” revealed Stockinger. “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.

“GP2 is a tough championship and this year there are some very big names chasing the title. As a rookie, I think the best thing is to aim to be in the points and finish in the top ten, progressing one step at a time and learning as much as possible during pre-season testing.”

Team Principal Teddy Yip Jr welcomed Stockinger back to his team, who will be making their GP2 Series debut in 2015 after taking over the Caterham Racing team towards the end of 2014.

“We are delighted to welcome Marlon back to the team following a successful GP3 campaign in 2012,” said Yip Jr. “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.”