Formula One (F1), the highest class of single-seat auto racing, is not as popular as boxing and basketball in the Philippines.
But hey, did you know that there's a Pinoy (he's also half-Swiss) who has driven a real Formula One car?
You've probably heard his name, he is Marlon Alexander Stockinger—who joined the GP3 Series in 2011, won first place in the 2012 Monaco GP3 series, and was drafted into the F1 Team in 2013.
At the Globe Slipstream 2.0 press conference in Ascott Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to chat with this hottie, and learned a few interesting things about this hottie.
1. Marlon started his car racing career in the Philippines.
He recalls, “Obviously, growing up here, racing with other Filipinos, racing in Carmona every single weekend, going to practice after school, that’s the reason where I am today.
“I think, I have to really thank all the opportunities with go-karts and all the championships I entered here in the Philippines for the racing.
“It’s been a big part of my career.”
Has traffic here in the Philippines helped in his training?
Marlon laughed and said, “Yeah, definitely it helped my defensive driving.”
2. He has a special routine before his race.
“My routine before getting into car, sounds weird, but I can’t get in from the right hand side. I just have to come through the left. Just feels right? So that’s my one specific routine.”
3. His favorite driver is Michael Schumacher.
According to Wealth-X, Michael Schumacher is a seven-time world champion who remains the richest Formula One driver of all time.
4. Marlon is open to trying his hand at acting.
“Obviously, this question has been asked a lot, so maybe in the future, I’m not saying that I want to close my doors but I’m open to new experiences.
"So a movie in the future might happen. Yeah, why not."
But, “for as long as I can, I think I’ll focus on race first.”
5. Ladies, Marlon is single!
Her girlfriend is “my racing car, so, she takes good care of me.”
6. He just wants to chill and be a normal person whenever there’s no race.
Marlon said, “In my down time, I, well, obviously, weekends are no-go because we’re working on the weekends so Monday, Tuesdays, I just like chill at home, relax, recover from the long weekend racing.
“And also just be a normal person.
"Spend some time to chill out, I guess, so that’s my down time.”
7. Marlon needs support.
“There are a lot of things that we need to perfect to reach the only 24 seats in Formula 1.
“So one is obviously to have more sponsors, to make sure that I keep getting the results and to have a unique edge to it.
“And I think, coming from the Philippines, the fact that there’s never been a Filipino racing driver and then there’s a chance to do that, I think that makes it interesting for supporting South [Southeast Asia].
“And it’s also unique market. I guess, also my sponsors see that, not only the fact that you know, I’m a good driver.
“Well, there’s definitely a lot of factors. And many are really required to reaching the goal of Formula 1.”
8. Marlon has almost 300,000 followers on Facebook.
“...that’s quite impressive considering that obviously my races don’t get broadcast here, and I’m always abroad.
"So I think it’s really growing and eventually we should see that.
“Just, if I may add one more thing about the fans, the more fans coming in, the sponsors would actually follow."
9. He hopes F1 will eventually have a huge following in the country.
Known to be a sport for elite, Marlon stressed,” And that’s what we want to change, we wanna bring F1 real-life to the average Filipinos so that they can see the cars, they could hear the cars...
"They could see the cars, driving around the streets of Manila, turning around the streets of BGC.”
Last June 27, Marlon showed Filipino pride in the fast lane by driving his Lotus World series race car zooming around Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.