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Lotus names junior team

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Lotus has named seven drivers in its junior team, all of which will receive support from the team in junior categories this year.

The drivers will be supported by Lotus in driving skills, physical fitness, health and nutrition, social and mental development, business ethics and principals, as well as PR training. The seven contest within a variety of motorsport championships from the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Series through the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 to KF category karting.

2013 Lotus F1 junior team
Marco Sørensen 22, Denmark, FR 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team
Marlon Stockinger 21, Philippines, FR 3.5 with Lotus World Series Team
Alex Fontana 20, Switzerland, GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport
Oscar Tunjo17, Colombia, Eurocup FR 2.0 with Kaufmann Racing
Esteban Ocon 16, France, Eurocup FR 2.0 with ART Junior Team
Alexander Albon 16, Thailand, Eurocup FR 2.0 team TBA
Dorian Boccolacci 14, France, Go Kart International KF category with Energy Corse

Team principal Eric Boullier explained: "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. 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 very 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."