Interview with Marco Sørensen

He is a quick guy and has been a contender in some great racing series over the last years. In 2012, some bad luck threw away his chances on winning the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship. But, Marco Sørensen is eager to grab a title soon. spoke to the Danish guy about his career, his future and his dreams.

Marco SørensenHello Marco, I think many visitors will be familiar with the name of Marco Sørensen. Unfortunately, some of them will not know who you are. Could you give a brief introduction about yourself?
I have been racing since I was three years old. After karting I started in Formula Ford. In 2009 I was taken into the Renault F1 Junior Program, but that shut down because of the financial crisis. After that, I ended up racing one and a half season in German F3 finishing P2 in the 2011 championship. After a World Series test, Charouz Racing picked me up to compete a full season in the World Series by Renault (2012). That ended up being a really unlucky season for me. Missing out on two safe victories, which would have put me a lot higher in the championship. 2013, you never know what’s coming up.

Some race drivers are getting involved in racing through friends or family. How did you get involved in racing? Did your parents support you from the early beginning?
My dad was doing some karting for fun. When I turned three years old, he bought me a small kart. That’s how it all started.

You have started, like many other drivers, in karting and had quite some success in it. Do you think karting is an essential step in the career of a race driver?
Yes, definitely. You need karting to give you the ground rules and put you into the racing game. In terms of driving it is a lot different to formula cars, but if you don’t have these ground rules I don’t believe you will ever be a top level racing driver.

After your career in karting, you made the step to the single seaters. You have raced in Formula Ford, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5. In what way did your career progress?
I didn’t really have control over my career, because of a serious lack of budget. So when the Renault Program shut down, I had to take what I could get. I competed in the German F3 without any budget. This means no testing, limited sets of tyres, no car development and so on. It is hard to compete like this, but I learned a lot and it shaped me to the driver I am right now.

If you take a look ahead, what do you think that the future will bring to you? You will probably be aiming on a seat in Formula 1, but what goals do you want to accomplish to be satisfied about your racing career?
At the moment it is only formula racing that I am aiming for. I will keep on fighting to do this. But if it’s not going to be possible I would definitely be open for something else. Racing is what I love, so why stop?

Sørensen racing at Spa-FrancorchampsEvery race driver has his good and bad moments. What is the best moment in your career and what is the worst moment in your career, until now?
The best was my win in World Series by Renault 3.5 in Spa. Spa is the best track you can go to. And it’s the best atmosphere you get there. I won a race there in every single formula car I have been in.

Bad moments, I had 2 really bad moments last year. First one was in Motorland (Aragon, Spain) where I was leading the race, but suffered an engine problem so I was forced to retire. Probably the worst was when I had a puncture on the last lap in Silverstone from P1! There we lost the championship.

The life of a race driver is tough physically and mentally. Do you have a special training programme to stay fit and to gain strength?
I am following a really strict training program and diet. On top of that, I also use Crossfit. That really gets me pumped up for a race weekend.

If you could change lives for a day with another race driver, who would it be?
That would be my younger brother. Lasse Sørensen.

From the outside, being a race driver looks like a real dream. But there are also negative points, of course. If you could take people a look at the ‘inside’ of racing, what do you think is the most negative point of being a race driver?
It’s what I love, so there is not really a negative point for me. But for sure there are a lot of difficult aspects about racing. But I don’t experience them as negative. I respect all the hard work the team around me puts into it. It is important for everybody to be positive and keep pushing. Probably the most difficult aspect/reality about racing is the fact that without budget it is almost impossible to reach your goals.

What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
What I learned that probably made the biggest difference for me; you need to find the right people around you, the right people to work with. And of course, to keep believing in your goals. Try to create opportunities and take the changes when they are there.

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