Lasse Sorensen will make his Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship debut this weekend for Manor MP Motorsport, arriving in the series as the reigning French Formula 4 champion.
The eighteen-year-old Dane, the younger brother of GP2 Series racer Marco Sorensen, was the dominant driver in French F4 last season, and felt he did everything he needed to do to take the championship without too much risk. He took eight wins and nine podium finishes on his way to the title, being second placed Dorian Boccolacci by 149 points.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag ahead of the season opener at Motorland Aragon this weekend, Sorensen was happy with his 2014 season, but knows he will need to keep his focus to continue on with his dream of one day reaching Formula 1.
“I think I raced like a championship title winner,” joked Sorensen, before becoming more serious. “I mean racing for points all races, and never doing any stupid move which could cause me to get no points. For me it was not only about winning races, but also more getting points as often as possible.
“It feels amazing. It was my first year international, and I didn’t expect to have such a great first year. Its good to have such an amazing season to remember, but I still need to keep my focus so I can get closer to my dream: Formula 1!
“I’m still in the beginning of my career, but I think all is possible if I keep working hard. I have support from Team Danmark and DASU, so I can prepare myself with personal and mental trainers, so I can be fit for the season.”
Sorensen revealed that it was a test that he did with Manor MP Motorsport was enough for him to decide to join the team for the forthcoming season, insisting he liked the way the engineers and mechanics worked.
“I did a test for them, and I was really impressed by the way they worked,” said Sorensen. “For me it’s important to have teamwork, and I found that in MP Motorsport.
“I like their way of setting up the car, and how, we ALL in the team work together. Then we also have fun besides the serious part.”
Looking ahead to the new season, Sorensen knows it will be a difficult year, coming in as a rookie, but also knows it is a very important year for his career, with a strong season potentially extending his career.
“I know it will be a hard year for sure, because there is a lot of experienced guys whom already two/three years in Formula Renault 2.0,” reflected Sorensen. “But I know I have the talent to make good results, and if I keep working hard I will be in the right end of the championship.
“This year is everything for me pretty much, because I don’t have any big budget to work with. This could be the last season for me, as it could be the beginning of something really big if I do good.”