• Globe to build ‘racetrack’ for Lotus F1 visit

    Globe’s Peter Bithos says Globe-Lotus F1 tie-up is “all about speed.”

    Globe’s Peter Bithos says Globe-Lotus F1 tie-up is “all about speed.”

    A STREET circuit, similar to that which rises every year in Singapore, at Bonifacio Global City.

    That’s what Globe Telecoms said it will set up on August 30 during the Globe Speed Day to hype its partnership with Formula One team Lotus F1 and Filipino-Swiss racecar driver Marlon Stockinger. Globe’s event will see Stockinger take a Lotus-liveried Formula Renault 3.5 car for laps around the purpose-built, three-kilometer track.

    “Globe is a partner to both Lotus F1 and Marlon Stockinger, whom we have supported for many years,” said Globe Telecom President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu. “The track at Bonifacio Global City and the many activities that will be held there are meant to spur more interest in Formula One in the country. Who knows, maybe the Philippines can one day host an F1 race just like Singapore does? This is a small, first step in that direction.”

    Globe’s event precedes the F1 Singapore Grand Prix on September 21.

    Stockinger has been signed up in the Lotus F1 junior team since February 2013. He is now competing in the Renault World Series, a feeder race event for F1.

    Globe said its partnership with motor sports highlights its “new and modern network.” The company last week started a 100-percent 3G coverage across the Philippines, and announced that a “full 4G HSPA+ footprint” would be available by the end of the third quarter of this year. The expanded service promises faster mobile browsing for smart phones and other Internet devices.

    “It’s all about speed,” Globe Telecom Chief Operating Advisor Peter Bithos said.


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