Marco Sørensen believed he had one foot in the door to become the second Dane to get a Formula One drive, but was thwarted by Carmen Jordá. In 2012 Marco signed as Lotus F1 development driver and raced with Lotus in the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series for two years, earning a number of pole positions, podiums and wins.
During the second half of the 2014 season, Sørensen switched to the GP2 championship and looked set for great things after winning the sprint race in Sochi driving for the unfancied MP Motorsport team. The following year Marco was promoted up the field when Carlin recruited his services, though after 8 races without a single points finish, the Danish driver left GP2 to concentrate on racing for Aston Martin in the WEC.
The cash hungry Lotus team were to benefit from Marco’s personal sponsor, Saxo Bank, whose logo was visible on the rear wing of the car. Speaking to Danish publication Ekstra Bladet, Marco reveals his bitterness about the way he was treated by Lotus and particularly how they favoured Carmen Jordá. “She was as much as 12 seconds a lap slower than me in the simulator,” reveals Sørensen, “and yet constantly in the spotlight. In the past two years I’ve spent 60 hours in the simulator, a similar amount of time to Kevin Magnussen, but I discovered I was just being exploited, so I decided to stop.”
Whilst the F1 dream is over for Marco, he is phlegmatic about the new owners of the Lotus team recruiting his countryman Kevin Magnussen. “I just did not have the $7.5 million that you need for a Formula 1 drive,” says Sørensen who is backing Magnussen to get the better of team mate Jolyon Palmer.