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25 April 2013

Manila Speed Show will bring Formula 1 to the Philippines in May

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It’s been only two months since we got word that Filipino-Swiss driver Marlon Stockinger was recruited by the newly-formed Lotus F1 Junior team. That means he'll race under the Lotus F1 team in the 2013 World Series by Renault and be trained to become a future Formula 1 driver. This keeps our hopes up that, one day, we'll see the Philippine flag raised on the Formula 1 grid. Thankfully, we don't have to wait months or years to see Marlon in a Formula 1 car. We don't even have to go very far, because from May 4 to 5, 2013, the Lotus F1 Team will bring Formula 1 to Manila.
The aptly named the Manila Speed Show will bring Formula 1 action to our streets, more specifically on the streets at the Quirino Grandstand and SM Mall of Asia (MOA). Although we don't have the complete and final details yet, here's everything you need to know to the ultimate Formula 1 experience in Manila.
A quick chat with Marlon's dad, Tom Stockinger, confirmed that the Lotus F1 Team will be bringing at least two Formula 1 cars. We're guessing that the first will be Lotus' 2011 Grand Prix car - the R31 - which Marlon himself will drive on demo runs for Saturday and Sunday. That's right; a 700 horsepower Formula 1 car will be screaming down our streets! Meanwhile, the second car will be a two-seater they'll use to give a few lucky VIPs shotgun rides. On top of that, Lotus will also bring their Formula 1 simulator that the public can try out starting May 3 (Friday) at SM MOA.
As of the moment, the organizers of the Manila Speed Show are still finalizing the schedule of the two-day event. What they are sure of though is that the demo runs will be held at the Quirino Grandstand (9:00 am to 12:00 nn on Saturday) and SM Mall of Asia (1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday). And the best part, admission is absolutely FREE.
Aside from the Formula 1 demo run, the Manila Speed Show will also feature Drift Demos and a car show by the Manila Sports Car Club. But the attractions don't end there. The Manila Speed Show will have Lotus F1 Team Principal Eric Boullier, Lotus F1 Race Engineer Rod Nelson, and Veteran Formula 1 journalist Peter Windsor as special guests, so don't forget to say hi when you bump into them. There are also speculations that Lotus F1 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi will be on hand to help Marlon with driver duties.
That's all we have for now, but we're sure to keep you updated once we get more info. For further updates, like the Manila Speed Show Facebook page.