Marco Sorensen will join MP Motorsport's GP2 Series squad ahead of this weekend's double-header at Silverstone, the team has announced.

The Lotus F1 reserve replaces Tio Ellinas in the line-up, alongside series regular Daniel de Jong, bringing backing from Saxo Bank as he graduates from the World Series by Renault.

"We're absolutely delighted to announce Marco is joining MP Motorsport - he's a fantastic young driver and his position as official reserve driver for the Lotus F1 Team speaks for itself," team principal Sander Dorsman said, "Although he is new to GP2, he brings good experience from Formula Renault 3.5, so we're sure he will quickly adapt to the GP2 car and be a force to be reckoned with."

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Sorensen began his car racing career in Formula Ford in his native Denmark in 2006, before going on to compete in Sweden and New Zealand ahead of a step up to Formula Renault. Finishing third overall in the 2009 FRenault Northern European Cup in 2009, he quickly built up links to F1, joining the Renault Driver Development Programme as an 18-year old.

He subsequently graduated into F3, becoming vice-champion in the German national championship, before spending two seasons in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where he claimed three race victories and a total of six podiums for the Lotus team. Now 23, Sorensen has demonstrated Lotus F1 machinery in lieu of little racing this season, but is excited about the chance to get back on track for real.

"This is a really good opportunity for me, and I'm actually looking forward to a new challenge," he said, "It's great that Gravity Sports Management, Lotus F1 Team and MP Motorsport gave me this opportunity to race in GP2 Series.

"My plan, 100 per cent, is to get up to speed quickly and get the best results I can for MP Motorsport, but the practice is only 45 minutes and then we have qualifying on the same day. For sure, it will be difficult, but there isn't a lot of pressure so I'm going to enjoy it - that's when I drive my best."

Sorensen's arrival comes less than 24 hours after Hilmer Motorsport's Facu Regalia decided to step away from the series ahead of the Silverstone weekend.