When we think of race cars, the name Marlon Stockinger inevitably comes to mind. What started out as a weekend bonding session on a go-kart circuit with his father as a 9 year old boy quickly blossomed into a passion that turned into a hobby, and ultimately, into a wildly successful career that has this 26-year old racing in some of the best tracks around the world. Successfully putting the pedal to the metal, Marlon also holds the distinction for being the first Filipino to drive away with a Formula One top prize. For someone who has reached the very pinnacle of circuit racing, Marlon sees things differently than most men of his age. But then, you think about Marlon's career, his daily grind to remain at the top of his game, and the fact that he won the heart of the most beautiful woman in the universe, and it all starts to make a certain sense.
How millennial are you and why?
“Honestly, I wouldn’t know how millennial I am. I definitely am one because I’m part of the whole social media boom. But, then again, as you get older, you realize there’s more to life than being on your gadgets all the time. It’s good to know that you can put the phone down and actually engage with people face to face.”
How do you counter the myth about millennials being too entitled?
“I’ve driven with the best drivers in the world. There are only 24 seats available, with thousands of contenders vying for the said seats. To be able to train with them, practice with them, even to have raced with them, it just goes to show what level I’m at.”
How did you get started with using social IG in your projects/advocacies?
“Racing, in the end, is a type of show business. If you’re an athlete, you use that as a platform to merchandise yourself. For me, it has always been about promoting my sport and show that I represent my country really well, in that sense.”
As a millennial, we’re feeling you still want to have more. What else do you dream of doing in the future despite juggling a lot of stuff now?
“My short term plans are, as of the moment, to get some support to keep racing. That’s always been my goal; it’s something that I’m very good at. That’s obviously the short term because racing is not forever. In terms of the long term, I’m hoping that I have something outside of racing which I don’t necessarily have to be involved with that can sustain me and fulfill me somehow. I can’t really say what that is now. I’ve never really sat down and thought about life after racing.”
How meticulous are you with your posts? Describe your process.
“Social media is a platform for me to showcase my sport. I also like to keep it light, to show my human side, that I’m not just some robotic racing driver. I let people into my private side a little bit, showing them glimpses and snippets of my day. At the end of the day, I am much more than a race car driver. ”
What was your greatest social media/ online moment like?
“It was one of my very first posts, where I won Monaco. It was pretty cool that I was able to go out to Europe, succeed and reach the top, which was F1. Representing the Philippines and waving the Filipino flag,that was amazing, I almost wanted to cry. It was such a long, unbelievable road to get that opportunity. That’s one achievement that no one can ever take away from me.”
Which one receives the most likes?
"I think it must be the one where Pia (Wurtzbach) and I were together at her coronation night, where she passed on her crown.”
What are your mid-summer plans?
“It’s been so hot in Manila recently. I’m hoping I could go somewhere that’s a bit cooler.”
Any dream destination and why?
“I’ve done a lot of the world actually, mostly because of racing. It would be good just to experience new places, even revisit some, and go out and really see the culture and experience the place.”
Ideal summer escapade and why?
“Maybe Thailand, to see some nice beaches. Or Japan, that’s always been one that I’ve wanted to tick of my list.”
Ideal summer date and why?
“Probably somewhere on a beach. Definitely, it has to start out relaxed, maybe in some lounge for happyhour then flow to a really nice dinner.”
How do you maintain your bod during the summer?
“Generally, it’s all about consistency. I don’t get too technical about it. I train a lot so it consumes a lot of my time. I just do things rationally, put the effort in and the results would follow."
“I honestly love deadlifts. It’s a really great compound movement that targets the entire body. I use this to strengthen my core, legs, and lower back, parts that are heavily used in my sport."
Most recommended diet?
“I don’t really put much thought into it. For me, food should be a good thing and not something that is an uneccessary burden, with all the calorie counting or whatnots. I think you can eat healthy and still enjoy your meals. For me, what works is staying organic, keeping things natural, to eat whatever nature has to offer and avoiding processed food.”
Your most effective gwapo trick?
“Honestly, I’ve always been very nonchalant about my grooming. I’m very laid back about my style. Just as long as I square off the basics, I’m good to go.”
Your most effective trick to get the girl?
“For me, the best way to woo a girl, or even just approach her, is simply exude confidence. Show her interest, behave well, don’t stutter and convey your sincerity.”
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