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Lotus Junior TeamLotus F1 Team, in partnership with Gravity Sport Management, is proud to announce the Lotus F1 Junior Team drivers for 2014. Nine drivers drawn from eight countries will compete in six different motorsport categories as part of the squad.

Working alongside Lotus F1 Team the Junior Team drivers will benefit from a shared identity as they undergo an extensive programme to develop their driving, physical fitness, health, nutrition, mental fortitude, social skills, business acumen and public relations prowess.

2014 Lotus F1 Junior Team Drivers

  • Marlon Stockinger, Philippines, Formula Renault 3.5 Lotus-Charouz
  • Alex Fontana, Switzerland/Greece, GP3 ART GP
  • Esteban Ocon, France, F3 Euro Series Prema Powerteam
  • Oscar Tunjo, Colombia, F3 Euro Series Signature Team
  • Alex Albon, Thailand, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup KTR
  • Callan O’Keeffe, South Africa, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup ART Junior Team
  • Gregor Ramsay, United Kingdom, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup KTR
  • Dorian Boccolacci, France, Formula 4 Autosport Academy
  • Juan Manuel Correa, USA, European and International Go-Kart Championships Energy Corse

Federico Gastaldi, Lotus F1 Team Deputy Team Principal:
“We are delighted to officially announce our Lotus F1 Junior Team drivers for 2014. The future of our sport is reliant on new talent and the roster we have for this season has great potential. Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Charles Pic have all benefitted from the young driver programme created in Enstone so it is obvious that this scheme can help these drivers attain the very best results. We will be supporting these drivers in every way we can and we wish all of them good luck for their racing seasons.”

Gwen Lagrue, Lotus F1 Junior Team Young Driver Programme Manager:
“We are very excited to start our 2014 campaign with such a talented group of young drivers. They are the face of Enstone in their categories and we are proud to represent Lotus F1 Team all over Europe with our Juniors. It’s a long and hard process to build and prepare drivers but we strongly believe that we are more than ever ready to fight for the victory in each category this season and get the result of work and efforts done in the last three years.”

Gregor Ramsay and Vincenzo SospiriSixteen-year-old Scottish rising star Gregor Ramsay has been signed up by ex-international racing ace Vincenzo Sospiri to contest the Formula Renault ALPS Championship in 2013.

Ferrari protégé Ramsay took a race win at Vallelunga and a podium finish at Imola in his rookie Formula Abarth season this year. Just 15 years old when the season started, he finished a highly creditable eighth in the European Series. Now he will drive for Sospiri’s Euronova Racing team as it re-enters the Formula Renault category.

It comes after two tests, at Varano and Imola, in one of Euronova’s Formula Abarth machines, in which Gregor created a very favourable impression alongside the team’s newly-crowned Abarth champion, Brazilian Nicolas Costa.

“We are all looking forward to the new challenge and to already have Gregor on board is a great start,” said Sospiri. “So far he has been very impressive during testing. He hit all his targets regarding fast lap times and consistency, which is very important.

“I believe that Gregor and I will work together very well and that he will develop into an excellent racer capable of reaching the top. Based on what I have seen of him so far I have no doubt that he has the potential to be the next British motorsport star.”

The Formula Renault ALPS Championship attracts many of racing’s brightest young stars, competing at prestige Grand Prix circuits such as Monza in Italy, Spa in Belgium and Barcelona in Spain, as well as events in Austria and France.

“I’m very proud to be part of Euronova Racing,” said East Kilbride racer Ramsay. “I had my first tests with the team last week and they went really well. I was very comfortable in the car and the team were really good to work with.

“Vincenzo is an excellent driver coach and I have already learned a lot just from these two tests, so I’m really looking forward to next year. The Renault ALPS Championship is very competitive and we will be doing a lot of preparation over the winter in order to be at the front when the racing starts.”

As one of the leading young talents of his generation, Sospiri won the 1988 Formula Ford Festival and then the 1990 Formula Vauxhall Lotus title before moving into the international ranks. He became champion in Formula 3000 – the forerunner of today’s GP2 Series – in 1995 and graduated to Formula 1 with the short-lived Lola project in 1997. After racing in Indycars he switched to sportscar racing, driving for the factory Toyota team in the Le Mans 24 Hours and twice becoming an international sports-prototype champion before retiring at the end of the 1999 season.

In 2002 he set up Euronova Racing, and since then has run future racing stars such as Formula 1 racers Robert Kubica, Vitaly Petrov and Jerome d’Ambrosio, and GP2 talent Luca Filippi.

Ramsay, who is backed by Clyde Blowers as well as Europe’s biggest-ever lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir, will head off to the Ferrari Driver Academy, overseen by former F1 team chief engineer Luca Baldisserri, for more focus on his development as a driver. He will also continue testing with Euronova until mid-December, and will relocate from Scotland to the Sospiri family home in Italy, where he will continue his education and learn Italian and German.

The Formula Renault category will be boosted by the introduction of an exciting new Tatuus-built chassis in 2013, further cementing its position as the strongest and most competitive junior single-seater category in Europe.