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Lotus brings F1 to the Philippines for the first time

May 7, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Marlon Stockinger

Lotus brought an F1 car to the Philippines for the first time last weekend, performing a demonstration run in the country’s capital Manila.

Marlon Stockinger performed hop laps and donuts in the team’s R30 car (which competed in F1 as a Renault) at the Mall of Asia in the city.

Stockinger, 22, was born in Manila and holds joint Filipino-Swiss nationality. He joined Lotus’s young driver program in February.

“To be here and to drive a Formula One car on the streets of Manila is definitely a historic moment,” said Stockinger. “It’s actually the first time ever that a Formula One car has been driven in the Philippines and it’s really cool to be able to bring it here.”

“I’d say honestly I’m quite speechless,” he added. “I never in my life would have expected to be able to drive a Formula One car here, only literally ten minutes down the road from where I grew up.”

“If I had said it to myself when I was a young boy that I’d be able to do that, I’m not sure I would ever have believed it, so to sum it up; it’s a dream come true.”

Lotus’s third driver Davide Valsecchi also joined in the event, driving the team’s two-seater car.

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