Sauber F1 tester Sato joins Campos for GP2
17 February 2014 – Kimiya Sato will graduate to F1’s principal feeder category and compete in GP2 this year with Campos Racing, it has been announced.
The Japanese driver, who tested for Sauber during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone last summer and who also acted as the team’s reserve driver during the Japanese Grand Prix, finished as vice-champion in Auto GP in 2013, having taken five wins and nine podiums. He will link up with Arthur Pic.
“I’m very happy to be joining Campos Racing and to be entering the GP2 Championship with them this season,” said the 24-year-old. “GP2 was always the logical next step for me after finishing second in the Auto GP Championship last year and I am very pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement with a top team like Campos. They have a successful history in GP2 and the team is very professional and experienced and I know that they will give me the support I need to make a good impression this year.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Adrian and his team – already we have a very good feeling and I think it really helps to have a team boss who has been a successful driver himself and can better understand things from the drivers’ point of view. Right now I am training hard and really looking forward to visit its headquarters in Alzira, on Tuesday, and start our work plan before leaving to Abu Dhabi.”
Adrián Campos, team principal, added: “I am delighted to have Kimya with us this season. I do believe he will make a leap forward in the quality, despite he has an excellent record in previous categories. Without any shadow of a doubt we will do a great job with him. We shall give the maximum support to Kimiya, to get the targets which we all set out.
“I would like to thank Taki Inoue and Vincenzo Sospiri for the faith placed in us. I know them for years, and they are experienced people. Campos Racing will honour the confidence vested in us.”